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Nigerian, Dare Samuel Swims 11.8km Across Lagos Lagoon to Spotlight Mental Health Awareness


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In a remarkable display of endurance and determination, Dare Samuel Akinrodoye, popularly known as Coach Dreh, has accomplished an extraordinary feat by swimming an impressive 11.8-kilometer stretch along the Lagos Third Mainland Bridge.

Coach Dreh, a seasoned swimming instructor, embarked on this ambitious journey to raise awareness about mental health, a cause close to his heart. Supported by the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), he commenced his epic swim from Oworonshoki on the Mainland and concluded at Adeniji Adele on Lagos Island.Dare Samuel

The initiative, announced on Coach Dreh’s Instagram account, garnered widespread attention and anticipation. In a viral video, he articulated his mission to use his swimming prowess to shed light on the critical issues of mental health, suicide, and depression, emphasizing the transformative power of swimming in shaping his life.

“Swimming for me is not just a skill; it’s a means to make a difference,” Coach Dreh expressed passionately. “I am determined to swim the entire length of the Lagos Third Mainland Bridge to spark conversations and raise awareness about mental health challenges that affect many in our society.”Nigerian, Dare Samuel Swims 11.8km Across Lagos Lagoon to Spotlight Mental Health Awareness

The significance of choosing the Third Mainland Bridge as the backdrop for his endeavor resonates deeply, as it stands as a solemn reminder of the tragic stories of individuals who have chosen to end their lives by leaping from its heights. Coach Dreh’s courageous swim serves as a symbolic gesture of hope and resilience, urging individuals to prioritize their mental well-being and seek support when needed.

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Amidst an atmosphere of anticipation and support, Coach Dreh commenced his aquatic odyssey on Saturday morning, accompanied by his dedicated teammates, supporters, journalists, and medical professionals.

With unwavering determination, he plunged into the waters at Oworonshoki, embarking on a journey that would test his physical and mental fortitude.

For two hours and thirty-three minutes, Coach Dreh navigated the Lagos Lagoon with remarkable skill and perseverance, braving the currents and tides to reach his destination at Adeniji Adele on Lagos Island. His triumphant arrival marked not only the completion of a challenging swim but also a significant milestone in the ongoing effort to raise awareness about mental health issues in Nigeria.Nigerian, Dare Samuel Swims 11.8km Across Lagos Lagoon to Spotlight Mental Health Awareness

As Coach Dreh emerges from the water, his journey serves as a poignant reminder that, with courage, resilience, and community support, individuals can overcome adversity and inspire positive change.

In the wake of his remarkable accomplishment, the conversation surrounding mental health awareness continues to gain momentum, empowering individuals to seek help and support on their journey toward healing and wellness.


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