Sunday 24 February 2019

I couldn’t be more proud of new documentary, says Ade Adepitan

The presenter explores how Africa is changing and shows the reality of living with a disability in the four-part series.

Ade Adepitan (PA)
Ade Adepitan (PA)

By Julia Hunt, Press Association Entertainment Correspondent

Ade Adepitan has said he is particularly proud of his new documentary about Africa because it shows the reality of living with a disability.

The four-part documentary explores how Africa is changing.

In it, the wheelchair basketball player return to Lagos, where he was born.

In this show, you see me crawling up difficult terrain, or on crutches, or dragging myself upstairs. It had to be done, so why cut it? Ade Adepitan

He told Radio Times magazine: “My wife pointed out that, in documentaries I’ve done previously, I’m in amazing places – on top of a mountain or deep in a jungle – with no indication of how I got there.

“In this show, you see me crawling up difficult terrain, or on crutches, or dragging myself upstairs. It had to be done, so why cut it?

“It helps people understand more and also see what is possible.

“I’ve been trying to make this happen since I got into TV and it’s one of the ways I couldn’t be more proud of this programme.”

Adepitan, 45, said he wished his late father could see the documentary.

He said: “When I was 17 and told my parents that after all their sacrifices I wasn’t going to university but was going to be a wheelchair basketball star, they thought I was bonkers. We were estranged for ten years.

“Now I’m promoting the continent that bore him. He would be so proud and happy.”

This week’s Radio Times is out on Tuesday.

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