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London-Lagos Solo Drive: Sanwo-Olu Appoints Pelumi Nubi Lagos Tourism Ambassador

The London-Lagos solo driver Pelumi has been awarded a car and house by Lagos Governor Sanwo-Olu.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has named a United Kingdom-based Nigerian solo driver on a road trip from London to Lagos, Ms. Pelumi Nubi, as Lagos Tourism Ambassador.

Sanwo-Olu, also presented a house and a branded LAGRIDE vehicle with the customised number plate NUBI 9JA to the 28-year-old adventurer.

According to a statement on Monday, the Governor assured the travel content creator that the Lagos State Government would write off the entire bill for her solo drive from London to Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu made the announcement when Pelumi Nubi, accompanied by her parents, Prof. Timothy and Olubukola; CEO/Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, and Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Folashade Ogunsola, among others, paid a courtesy visit at Lagos House, Marina.

He charged Pelumi Nubi to use her platform to showcase the rich cultural values and aesthetics of Lagos to the world, which are part of her responsibilities as Lagos Tourism Ambassador.

Sanwo-Olu, said President Bola Tinubu was aware that Pelumi Nubi was back in the country, and the President was willing to meet with her.

He said Lagos’ gesture to the 28-year-old Pelumi was not really about the gifts and heroic welcome given to her, but to encourage more women to break barriers and compete favourably with their male counterparts in any sphere of life.

“Your experience and journey, which lasted over 68 days, are indeed very inspirational, and you have actually shifted mountains. This is indeed a true African and Lagos spirit that you demonstrated. It is a true Nigerian capability that you have demonstrated, but more importantly, this is a story of Lagos no dey carry last.

“For us in Lagos, we will work with your planners to see how we further celebrate you. And it is not really about you being the one celebrating; it is about the future. It is about the girl-child. It is about the power of possibilities. It is about the power of the mind. You are a complete African story that we can showcase,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Responding to the good gesture by the Lagos State Government, the visibly delighted Pelumi Nubi, who could not contain her tears of joy, appreciated Sanwo-Olu and the State Government for making her Lagos Tourism Ambassador and giving her a car and a house.

She said, “Honestly, it is just amazing feelings. I wasn’t expecting this; it was just supposed to be a courtesy visit to thank the Governor for his kindness so far. So making me a Lagos Tourism Ambassador and giving me a car, house, and many more blows my mind. I am so grateful.

“Honestly, I feel so blessed as a Lagosian. I feel so blessed that I have done this London to Lagos road trip, and my sincere thanks to Governor Sanwo-Olu, President Bola Tinubu, and everyone that has made this happen. My advice to the youth, especially girls, is, Go for it.”

Nubi appreciated Nigerians, particularly Lagos residents, for supporting her and for trooping out in large numbers to welcome her at the Nigeria/Benin Republic in Seme Border in Lagos State.

She promised that the end of her solo trip would gear her up to promote the Africa continent, Nigeria, and Lagos, especially being the commercial nerve center of the country.

Also speaking, Dabiri-Erewa, applauded Pelumi for her bravery and courage, noting that her car for the trip would be placed in the Lagos Museum. She said the Nigerian Government was solidly behind her throughout the journey, which lasted for over two months.

The Vice Chancellor of UNILAG, Prof. Ogunsola, said Pelumi was a role model to the young generation, and that was why the institution celebrated her entry into Nigeria on Sunday.

She commended Sanwo-Olu and the Lagos Government for giving Pelumi a hero’s welcome, saying the University of Lagos was proud of her.

Pelumi’s father, Prof. Timothy Nubi, also appreciated Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu, and all the government officials and institutions at the federal and state levels for their support during her daughter’s solo drive trip from London to Lagos.

Pelumi Nubi began her solo trip from London, the United Kingdom, on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, and arrived in Lagos, Nigeria, on Sunday, April 7, 2024.

Nubi’s road manifest from the United Kingdom took her through France and Spain in Europe and into Africa through Morocco. She drove across Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, and finally Lagos, Nigeria.

The 28-year-old Nubi was given a hero’s welcome at the Seme border, Badagry on Sunday by hundreds of Lagos residents, who trooped out to celebrate her courage and determination in setting a record as the first black woman to drive from London to Lagos.

 Segun James

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