Having been born in Nigeria, Jay hails from one of three countries where polio is still, unfortunately, endemic, the other two being Pakistan and Afghanistan. She contracted the virus before her first birthday and did not know a time in her life beforehand. Moving to London with her family when she was five years old and living with polio and scoliosis has given plenty of obstacles—the endless underground stairs, the airport searches triggered by the metallic leg brace, the looks and questions occasionally received, and more.
Jay bucks the stereotype that you have to be white, wealthy, able, and from a developed country to travel. This brave globe-trotting girl has carried on her adventures despite a severe physical disability. She is now 27 years old and travels as much as she possibly can while having polio. Her lifestyle focuses around making trips work for her and doing what she can with a disability. She has traveled to North America, South America, Africa and Europe, and is inspiring others with physical disabilities through her journey.
The real challenges of living in a large, fast-paced and insensitive city have only forced her to thrive. Despite the occasional stares and remarks, Londoners, for the most part, let her do her own thing. She learned from an early age that she should not let it hold her back and get to be self-sufficient—something for which she is eternally grateful.
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