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Pelumi Nubi Makes History

Nmesoma Okwudili


April 11, 2024

Pelumi Nubi has achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the first woman to embark on a solo journey from London to Lagos in her trusty PEUGEOT 101 vehicle. Her pioneering spirit and determination shine through as she breaks barriers and stereotypes, demonstrating that extraordinary adventures are within reach for anyone, regardless of gender or race.

Pelumi recently revealed her inspiration for embarking on this amazing voyage on social media. She is motivated by a desire to highlight the limitless opportunities for exploration and adventure as a black female traveler. Pelumi hopes to showcase the richness and beauty of Africa’s breathtaking landscapes and civilizations by pushing herself to new heights and into unexplored territory. Her ultimate goal is to inspire others and motivate them to bravely and tenaciously pursue their own aspirations.

Pelumi Nubi’s influence goes well beyond her London to Lagos solo trip. She’s a well-known travel content creator from Nigeria who has captivated viewers all around the world with her incredible journeys and insatiable curiosity. At the tender age of 27, Pelumi has already traveled to an astounding 77 nations, and her list keeps growing longer.

On January 30, Pelumi Nubi began her historic voyage, departing from London to traverse many nations and continents. Her journey commenced as she crossed the English Channel, continuing through France until she reached Spain. However, it was upon crossing into Africa, specifically Morocco, that her voyage took on new significance.

Over the course of more than two months, Pelumi navigated her way through the diverse landscapes and cultures of Africa, encountering both challenges and moments of awe. Countries such as Ghana and Togo stood as the final hurdles in her remarkable expedition before she reached her ultimate destination: Lagos. The culmination of her journey in Lagos represented the fulfillment of a monumental goal she had set for herself, a testament to her perseverance and determination.

Pelumi Nubi experienced both hardship and joyful moments during her journey. While she embarked on her daring drive, rumors spread of an automobile accident she had been involved in. Her damaged car was left at the scene, and viewers caught glimpses of the aftermath through clips she shared on her TikTok account. In one particularly poignant scene captured on camera, an individual was seen on a stretcher in an ambulance, with the sound of sirens piercing the atmosphere.

Despite the challenges encountered along the way, Pelumi’s resilience and unwavering spirit propelled her forward. Her remarkable journey did not go unnoticed, as she was warmly received at the Nigeria-Benin Republic border. Representatives from the Lagos State Government, including the Honorable Commissioner of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka, and the Special Adviser on Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Idris Aregbe, welcomed her with open arms, celebrating her achievement and recognizing the significance of her feat.

The arrival of Pelumi Nubi, a Nigerian-British citizen who completed a solo drive from London to Lagos, was announced by Gboyega Akosile, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Lagos State Governor, via his official account on X on Sunday. The Lagos State Government extended a warm welcome to Nubi at the Nigeria-Benin Republic border.

In his announcement, he expressed, “The Lagos State Government gives a hero’s welcome to peluminubi_, a Nigerian-British citizen who undertook a solo drive from London to Lagos.”

In an interview with Channels Television, Nubi expressed her joy at being back home, emphasizing the warmth and hospitality of her reception. She stated, “I feel so good to be home. Honestly, the homecoming has been so amazing, and really welcoming. Nigeria is definitely home to me, so it’s more than amazing. I expected the homecoming, but this has been incredible, so thank you so much, I am really grateful, and I can’t wait for the celebration that is waiting for me at Unilag.”

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State appointed the 28-year-old travel content creator as the state tourism ambassador. This appointment was announced by the governor’s Senior Special Assistant on New Media, Jubril Gawat, through his profile on X on Monday.

In his tweet, Gawat stated, “Welcome, Pelumi Nubi #peluminubi_, Our Brand New Lagos Ambassador. She receives a brand new car from Governor #jidesanwoolu, a new home in Lagos, a customized plate number, and one more thing—she is donating her vehicle (the one she used for the trip) to our brand new J Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History as a monumental gift to Lagos State.”


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