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Having been born in Nigeria, I hail from one of three countries where polio is still unfortunately endemic, the other two being Pakistan and Afghanistan. I had contracted the virus before my first birthday and do not know a time in my life before this disability. Moving to London when I was five years old and living here with polio and scoliosis has given me plenty of things to complain about—the endless underground stairs, the airport searches triggered by my metallic leg brace, the looks and questions I occasionally get as I make my way through the day.

Yet the very challenges of living in a large, fast-paced and occasionally insensitive city have forced me to thrive. Despite the occasional stares and remarks, Londoners, for the most part, have let me do my own thing. Teaching me from an early age that I should get on with it and learn to be self-sufficient—something for which I am eternally grateful.

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World Travel Market: What To Expect

World Travel Market 2016 was the first time I had ever attended this huge event in the travel world. I am actually quite a latecomer to the show considering it has been happening annually since 1980. I would have attended the World Travel Market last year, but I was too busy exploring South Africa at […]

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Review: Thames River Services Sightseeing Tour

Thames River Services allows visitors to cruise through the heart of London and see the sights from a different angle. With over 50 years of experience, they offer stunning views of the city’s famous landmarks with enough history and information to complete a history report on the capital! Last week I had the pleasure of boarding […]

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Review: Planet Hollywood London

Planet Hollywood was launched in the winter of ’91 in New York. It is a dining experience centred around the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, and the stars that live and work in Tinseltown. Planet Hollywood made a home for itself in London, a stone’s throw away from Piccadilly Circus. I recently went there to […]

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How Arzhan Fund Is Making Kazakhstan More Accessible

Arzhan Conference The Arzhan Foundation, established in May 2010, pursues social and other socially useful purposes. They aim to provide assistance to socially vulnerable groups and people affected by emergencies, through the implementation of charitable and social projects. They offer free courses on professional orientation and the socialisation of students with and without special needs. They […]

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Almaty: Original Big Apple

Almaty is the original Big Apple. I know, you are probably shaking your head right now. New York is the right answer, you are 100% certain of this. But unfortunately, you would be wrong. While this amazing city definitely holds a dear place in my heart, Almaty wore the crown first. It used to be the former capital […]

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Liberty Drives Free Wheelchair Accessible Tours In Hyde Park

Liberty Drives is quite possibly the best thing in London that you have never heard of. This amazing charitable scheme was started 19 years ago in 1997. They offer 30 – 50 minute tours around London’s Hyde Park grounds on wheelchair accessible buggies. This service may be used by people with disabilities, or reduced mobility and their caregivers, friends or […]

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