Nigerian Man Riding Bike From London to Lagos Turned Back at Cote d’Ivoire’s Border, Many React

Nigerian Man Riding Bike From London to Lagos Turned Back at Cote d’Ivoire’s Border, Many React

  • A brave Nigerian rider, Kunle Adeyanju, who is closer to fulfilling his mission of riding a bike from London to Lagos state has been turned back
  • The man who has passed many international borders in recent weeks without hiccups said Cote d'Ivoire denied him entry
  • Many Nigerians expressed mixed reactions; while some said it is due to COVID-19 restrictions, others argued the entry denial was needless

A Nigerian man, Kunle Adeyanju, who has gone far in his mission of riding from the UK to Lagos has met another setback.

Despite being closer to home, the Nigerian rider had an encounter in crossing a border into Cote d'Ivoire.

Kunle Adeyanju said he is said about the situation.
Many Nigerians wondered what could have caused the denial. Photo source: @lionheart1759
Source: Twitter

Embassies working on the issue

In a post on Sunday, May 15, the brave rider revealed that he was denied entry into the West African country. He, however, added that Nigerian embassies are working on the situation.

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A photo he shared shows him posing amid other power bikes at the Cote d'Ivoire's border. Nigerians thronged his comment section with various reactions.

See his post below:

At the time of writing this report, the post has gathered hundreds of comments and thousands of likes. compiled some of the reactions below:

@BatsTip said:

"Cote D'Ivoire oh wey them still dey tie leaves for yatch as boxer na them dey form strict."

@kayodesuberu said:

"3 big European countries didn't stop him passing through their many cities, Arab Africans hosted him to a big party passing through their countries. But when it comes to famished, underdeveloped sub Saharan Africa, he was stopped. Shior !!! Mitchew."

@SavvyRinu said:

"Closed borders since COVID. Same may happen at Aflao, Ghana, and Togo borders."

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@dr4bim said:

"Person pass developed country den no deny am entry, e enter developing abi underdeveloped country den dey raise shoulder."

@Ogbonlogba1 said:

"But I don’t understand this your journey again na only you Dey come before why so many companies again."


"He has been consistent in his update, bikers have clubs, his fellow bikers are aware of the journey, and they always welcome and escort him to the borders, watch out for his entry to Lagos, you will like to be a member."

He was treated well in Mali

Meanwhile, earlier reported that in a post on Wednesday, May 11, Kunle revealed that the six riders who delivered a new wheel to him treated him like a king as they gave him a presidential motorcade.

Sharing a photo where they all had lunch, the Nigerian rider praised them, calling the riders "the real deal".

That happened after the Malian riders showed him much love, travelled for hours, and gave him a wheel replacement.


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Joseph Omotayo (HOD Human-Interest) Joseph Omotayo has been writing for the human interest desk since 2019 and is currently the head of the desk. He graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, with a degree in Literature in English in 2016. He once worked for Afridiaspora, OlisaTV & CLR. He is a 2022/2023 Kwame Karikari Fact-Checking fellow. He can be reached via: