Moshood Olabisi Ajala is Nigerian man who traveled to over 85 countries on a scooter to change negative stereotypes about Nigerians and Africans and promote a message of oneness and brotherhood. He visited nations such as India, Russia (then the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR), Jordan, Iran (not an Islamic Republic then but a monarchy and America’s greatest ally in the region headed by a monarch), Jordan, Israel and Australia using nothing but a motor-scooter (popularly called Vespa) and met with highly powerful people around the world.
These included personalities like Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa who was Nigeria’s first prime minister, Marshal Ayub Khan of Pakistan, Golda Meir of Israel (she was the first female prime minister of the nation), Makarios III of Cyprus, Jawaharlal Nehru of India, Nikita Khrushchev of the USSR, the Shah of Iran (Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi), Gamal Nasser of Egypt, General Ignatius Acheampong of Ghana, Odinga Oginga, former vice president of Kenya and others. Ajala released a book titled An African Abroad documenting all his experiences on the trip, it was supposed to be the first volume of a trilogy (his first and only book is no longer in circulation)
Ajala died on Feb 2, 1999, when he passed away his message was forgotten and his impact lost. It is why we have decided to commemorate him and millions of modern day Ajala’s and inspiring nomads who have embarked on a global journey to spread a positive message around the world.