Ade Adepitan: Journey of My Lifetime
April 23, 2014
This moving documentary follows legendary Paralympic medalist Ade Adepitan as he returns to his native Nigeria to find out why Polio is still a widespread threat to children in the country. Free screening presented by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of their Community Film Series.
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Originally from Nigeria, Ade Adepitan contracted Polio as a child, which resulted in the loss of function in his left leg, and ultimately prevented him from walking. Since then he has become a Paralympic gold medalist, known for his prowess on the basketball court, and presenter of British broadcaster Channel 4's Bafta Award-winning Paralympics coverage.
In 2013, Ade returned to the land of his birth to find out why it remains one of three places on Earth where children are still contracting polio. He is genuinely stunned by the myths and misinformation that surround polio in Nigeria: some think it’s caused by "bad" injections and, in the troubled north, some parents refuse a vaccine that they believe is part of a western conspiracy to sterilize Muslim children. It’s a complex situation, with leaves Adepitan by turns moved, impressed and enraged by what he sees in Nigeria–not to mention the twist in the tale soon after he comes home.
- Director: Michael Simkin
- Country: United Kingdom
- Year: 2013
- Running Time: 60 Minutes