Little did I know that the trip across my country was not only an Escape (the title of the award-winning film that documented my journey) but a warm-up to what is now the first-ever DJ world tour by bicycle, a journey of a lifetime that I kicked off on August 25th 2019, the day I turned 40.
As a DJ with a global fan base, I figured that I could combine my international bookings, travel bug, love for bicycle riding, and will to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than me into an epic expedition.
The objective is to circumnavigate the globe for five years, stopping in major cities to perform and at the same time raise funds for World Bicycle Relief on the 100,000 km route that I plotted before pedaling out of Montréal, Canada.
Why World Bicycle Relief? As an African-born Canadian, from a young age I was fully aware that I was in a more fortunate position than many children in the different countries of my formative years. As an adult, I have always contributed to providing a better future for African children and World Bicycle Relief struck a chord with me due to the fact that they provide a tool to literally get out of poverty. Plus, their work empowers and boosts local economies. Oh, and the fact that it involves bicycles is a great bonus!
Editor's Note: World Bicycle Relief's mission is to accomplish these four goals.