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Biker to attempt world record as part of Land’s End to Lagos challenge

PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 May 2015

Omo Alokwe. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Omo Alokwe. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

© Nigel Sutton email pictures@nigelsuttonphotography.com

A keen motorcyclist is preparing to ride more than 5,000 miles from Cornwall to Africa before attempting a world record trek around Nigeria in support of a humanitarian aid organisation.

Omo Alokwe, of Woodchurch Road, West Hampstead, will ride from Land’s End to Lagos, in Nigeria, in November to raise funds for Medicine Sans Frontiers (MSF).

The business change analyst is taking on the challenge on his own and aims to raise £20,000 for MSF.

He will start from Land’s End and ride to Dover where he will travel on the Eurotunnel to France and then onto Morroco and through Senegal, Mali and Togo before reaching Nigeria.

In Nigeria, Mr Alokwe aims to break the world record for the longest motorcyle ride in a single country. Over 16 weeks, he will aim to cover 30,000 miles through the country, where he grew up.

“I’ve always liked travelling and I wanted to do something different and really challenge myself,” said Mr Alokwe. “I’ve been riding motorbikes for 18 years.

“As a child I used to muck around on my friends’ bikes and when I was older I got my licence. I love the camaraderie between bikers, the freedom and the wind in my hair.”

Mr Alokwe said he has chosen to support MSF as it is not “politically or religiously-affiliated” and “just deals with human crises”.

“I’ve always admired the work of MSF for their selflessness. Anywhere there’s any problems in the world, they are there. They are one of the best organisations working in Africa.

“I’ve always wanted to do something like this so I thought I should come out of my comfort zone.”

To help with his fundraising efforts, Mr Alokwe is running a charity golf day at Surrey National Golf Club on August 22.

To find out more about MSF, visit msf.org and if you wish to support Mr Alokwe’s fundraising efforts, visit justgiving.com/omoalokwe

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