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.
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
São Paulo was one of the cities I visited in Brazil earlier this year, but I almost didn’t go at all. I had been pestering people that had been to Brazil before, for the must see places. São Paulo never featured, or it was made fun of, in favour of places like Rio. The only reason […]Read More
I have been reminiscing about my month long tour of Brazil, with all the excitement of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Even before I had made the leap to book a ticket, I had been dreaming about Brazil for as long as I could remember. It seemed to be filled with beautiful landscapes, beautiful weather and beautiful […]Read More