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Amazing!!! See the Nigerian who travelled to 87 countries with bike

Ajala with his bike

The famous Nigerian Olabisi 'Ajala ,who became famous for touring the world on his vespar bike.
In the 1950s, a Nigerian known as Moshood Ajala Olabisi got worldwide attention for touring the world. 
The renowned global traveller visited not fewer than 87 countries. He visited the countries in six years on his bicycle, but sometimes used a motor scooter.
Moshood Olabisi Ajala also known as “Ajala Travel”, was praised in many Nigerian songs as Africa’s greatest traveller and the Nigerian veteran musician,Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey sang about him.
He was born in Gold coast (now Ghana)to a polygamous family. Ajala  relocated to Nigeria to start his schooling carrer. He went to US at the age of 18 where he started his travelling adventures in the early 1950s.
He started his world tour adventure in 1952 where he firstly tour to America with his bicycle and agbada. He usually cover up to 2,280 miles in just 28 days starting from Chicago and ending in Los Angeles.
“From America, I went to Canada (where I spent a couple of years) and later on to Britain. In 1957 I began my one-man Odyssey around the world. It is still going on as I write this in Sydney, Australia. In nearly all the eighty-seven countries I have visited during the course of my six-year jaunt around the world (ranging from North America to Eastern and Western Europe, through Africa and Asia and as far east as Korea, Indonesia and Australia), I have observed many different political regimes both in democratic and communist states. I have met with brutality and racial intolerance. I have felt the bitter evil of man’s inhumanity to man, and have marbled at the goodness of the humane-hearted,” Ajala wrote in his book. Excerpt from “An African Abroad" written by Ajala himself.


Ajala was studying medicine at De Paul University in Chicago in America then, but his travelling adventures did not make his dream of becoming a doctor come true. He ended up acting in some movies after his cross-country journey in America. 
He, however, got trouble with the law in America and had to be deported from the country.
Ajala gave up the ghost on February 2, 1999, he died in a great  poverty he's wallowing in despite his fame.
During his lifetime,Ajala had dined and wined with heads of state and leaders including the late Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, first Republic Prime Minister of Nigeria; the late Marshall Ayub Khan of Pakistan; the late President Makarios of Greece; the late Paudit Nehru of India; and the late Abdel Nasser of Egypt.
Nevertheless, he died without a penny and with little recognition.

Compiled by; Habeebullahi Abdulwasiu (MAC FORTUNATE)

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