“If you never had to worry about money, what will you spend your time doing?”
A young Nigerian man's answer to this question was simple "to travel around Nigeria" and today he has proceeded to do as he answered – travel round Nigeria in 72 Days.
Fu ‘ad Lawal, a young Nigerian writer and content strategist at one of the Country’s leading online media platforms decided to take up a travel challenge of traveling round the entire 36 states of country in three months. This is no easy move, an inarguably commendable feat in a country that has been recently heated and torn apart with Tribal and regional tensions; from hate speeches amongst different regions to agitations and calls for secession. Beyond living his dream of traveling round the country, Mr. Fu ‘ad hopes to dismantle negative stereotypes and bring down narratives dividing the country through honest and well curated stories as his travels. Speaking with him on his motivation he said:
Born in the south western part of the country, Fu'ad highlighted his deep love for travel and adventure. He also revealed that he spent a big part of his preparation time reading up texts and pieces on travel journalism. Fu'ad is sure ready to kick it round the streets of Nigeria. To help out with visual storytelling, he is taking along his friend, Christopher Chukwuedo who is a Professional Photographer and Videographer. On a dedicated Instagram page where the journey was announced, he has begun reporting and posting his journey stories.
Though his plan started out as a leisure move, he has been commissioned by Pulse.ng and has received some support from local Nigerian Brands. Fu ‘ad hopes to tell the real Nigerian story, to present Nigeria undiluted and unadulterated – Nigeria and Nigerians in their natural uncut and unfiltered state. To get closer to real stories, he plans on not spending in his nights in hotels but in the homes of friends, internet followers, strangers and every willing state resident who would welcome him to spend a night or two in their home. Announcing this plan, Nigerians round the country have responded and he has mapped out a schedule listing volunteers who have offered to give him a place to sleep, others who have volunteered to lead him on local tours round their state.
Local Tourism plays a huge role in National integration and unity, a subject Nigeria is strongly battling with at this time. Fu ‘ad’s bravery has been well supported by many and social media played a major role in empowering him, helping propel this feat from just wishful thinking to a real time reality. Taking over the Pulse's travel cornner, he will be working remote as he will write and report local travel tips, stories and commentaries from his location.
Fu'ad started his journey on the 1st of July, Follow @Fuadxiv on Instagram and Twitter to see Nigeria like you’ve never seen before. Culture, people, stories, life - all through the Eyes of a simple Nigerian.