Saturday, 16 February 2013

Out of Eden - The 34,000km Walk

I remember my post on reactions I get when people learn that I walked across Lagos and each time I tell people "I ain't done nothing yet". This is because there are brave explorers out there doing great and exciting walks. You have the Mark Moxons, the Peter Jenkins, the Ed Staffords, the James Cracknells...and then you have PAUL SALOPEK.

Paul Salopek is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning writer/journalist who is retracing the footsteps of early Man's migrating out of Africa some 50,000-70,000 years ago all the way to South America. The 34,000 kilometre walk started on 10/01/13 and will take Paul 7-years to complete.

I came across the project a few weeks via an article and I've been following the journey on Twitter @outofedenwalk @paulsalopek and on the project's website.

Paul's trek is the orange route on the map below. Hmmmmm...just had a thought, I'll will plan to be at the end-point in 2020.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Belated Happy New Year

Ok this must be really lame, posting about New Year's Eve countdown on the 12th of January...

How could I treat my own blog's first transition into a new year like this? No post on how I spent New Year's Eve transition to the 1st...Well, I've never been one to shy away from doing something late as long as its worthwhile and for my Chronicles...

Ever since I could remember from childhood, crossover to New Year's has always been in a church or at home praying. Much later in life, I experienced my own transition to rational church on New Year's Eve had become the last thing on my mind on New Year's Eve in recent years.

From all the spectacular New Year's countdown images round the world we see on TV year after year, the only I'd ever witnessed were a few countdowns in Central London (at the Eye and its environs). I dream (my bucket list) about going to see New Year's countdown in Sydney, Tokyo, Dubai, Paris and of course New York's Time Square.

So 2012/13, Lagos was hosting its first every official Countdown party. Churches and mosques all across the country do it every year but this was the first ever by a state/city's governing body in the country. And what a countdown it air party next to the beach,  concert with a number of major acts, an official countdown clock, drinks, etc

I attended the event on the invitation of Tolu with the Mrs and my sister. It was mad fun. Mad props to the LASG, the organisers and sponsors that put together a great welcome to 2013.

Less talk, pictures some below. Happy 2013.


The concert stage
Cross section of the open-air party
L-R Myself with Ronke (wife) and Kemi (sister)

More pictures after the break

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

#walkacrosslagos - Interview with NTA

On Day 3 of Walk Across Lagos, NTA's News met up with me at the Iganmu area of Lagos for an interview.

The interview was shown on NTA News on Friday 14th Dec and on NTA Network Newsline on Sunday 16th Dec, 2012


Sunday, 6 January 2013

Interview with Dipo Alabede

Dipo was suppose to film me during my walk to make a mini-documentary but at the last minute the arrangement didn't pull through.

So we decided to do an after-the-event interview. Here's the end result...he made use of some clips from the NTA news story, the rest was sheer genius.