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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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Filming in Greenwich for Accessible London

WHY GREENWICH? Greenwich is an inner London borough located in zones 2 and 3 on the London underground. It borders the boroughs of Lewisham, Newham and Tower Hamlets and is South of the Thames River. Greenwich Maritime is a UNESCO World Heritage site, that was inscribed in 1997. This includes the town centre, royal park and all […]

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport IS The Destination

Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai is the second busiest airport in India, after Delhi’s Indira Ghandi Airport. It was originally called Sahar International Airport before the name changed. It was named after Chhatrapati Shivaji, who was the first monarch of Raigad Fort. Regardless of whether you are arriving in Mumbai, flying off somewhere […]

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Johannesburg v Cape Town – Which South African City Should You Visit?

THE SOUTH AFRICAN DILEMMA South Africa is an amazing country to visit, this enormous nation is home to so many delights. From it’s geography as the most Southern point of the African continent, to it’s people and the wealth of culture they bring. The most famous of them all being the late Nelson Mandela, the […]

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Mainstreaming Disability LSE Talk

Mainstreaming Disability: The Invitation Mainstreaming Disability was an LSE talk that I was invited to be a part of earlier in the week, organised by the LSE Student Union. They sought to ask the important question of how we as a society could make change and actually make positive steps in mainstreaming disability. I had been invited […]

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What To Do In Antwerp – Part 2

Antwerp has so much to offer that I had to separate it into two posts! You can find the first Antwerp post here. So let’s not waste any time and dig right into part two of this fabulous little city! MAS Museum Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) is a very unique museum, and unlike any that I […]

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What To Do In Antwerp – Part 1

ANTWERP As I’d said in a previous post, I found Antwerp to be an accessible city. It is the compactness of Antwerp that makes it so easy to get around, and allows you to see so much in a short space of time. Here is my guide on all the amazing places you can (and […]

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