The interesting story of Africa’s most legendary traveller, Ajala

The interesting story of Africa’s most legendary traveller, Ajala

Not a lot of people like to leave their comfort zones and experience new things. However, there are a few individuals who have etched their name in history for their globetrotting skills.

The term ‘Ajala’ or ‘Ajala the traveller’ is used mostly in Nigeria to describe a person who cannot seem to stay in a place but is always on the move. However, there is more to how that term came to be.

A Nigerian man, Moshood Adisa Olabisi Ajala, is the person responsible for this term. This is because of his popular adventures around the world on his famous scooter.

The interesting story of Africa’s most legendary traveller, Ajala

Ajala on his bicycle tour from Chicago to Los Angeles
Source: UGC

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Ajala was from a very large family of 25 children. He was born in Ghana and shortly after his birth, his family moved back to Nigeria. When he clocked 18, he moved to the United States and he was admitted at the University of Chicago as a pre-medical student.

He started to build his reputation as an adventurer in 1952 when he decided to embark on a lecture tour across America, all on his bicycle. According to reports, the aim of his tour was to enlighten Americans on the development of Africa.

The interesting story of Africa’s most legendary traveller, Ajala

Ajala on his bicycle
Source: UGC

Ajala also made sure to dress in traditional outfits on his tour so that his audience can be convinced that Africans back home do not wear loin clothes.

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The interesting story of Africa’s most legendary traveller, Ajala

Ajala, his famous scooter and a foreigner
Source: UGC

His popularity spread after his famous bicycle tour of the country and because of it he started to get endorsement deals and even a movie contract.

The interesting story of Africa’s most legendary traveller, Ajala

He got several movie contracts after his popularity grew
Source: UGC

However, things started to go south for the traveller after he was deported from America at the age of 24. He had abandoned his studies which invalidated his visa, and he also had several cases with the law involving forgery, grand theft and paternity issues.

Throughout his lifetime, Ajala visited several places including Russia, Iran, Jordan and Australia, Egypt, Cyprus, to name a few, all on his famous Vespa scooter. He also met with a number of powerful personalities all over the globe during his excursions.

The interesting story of Africa’s most legendary traveller, Ajala

Ajala on his scooter
Source: UGC

Despite that, Ajala kicked the bucket on February 2, 1999, in abject poverty. He died at the General Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos, due to stroke. His numerous wives and children he managed to gather over the years were nowhere to be found as he lay on his death bed.

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