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Man Swims Across Lagos Lagoon To Promote Mental Health

LAGOS – A Nigerian athlete, Akinrodoye Samuel, popularly known as Coach Dreh, has swum across 11.8 kilometres-long water of the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos, to raise awareness on mental health.

On Saturday morning, the professional swimming coach embarked on the task from Oworonshoki, Mainland, to Adeniji Adenle on the Island.

Coach Dreh, the CEO of Ocean 28 Swimming Academy, swam for two hours, 33 minutes, to complete his breath-taking exercise.

Coach Dreh was accompanied by some of his friends and colleagues who cheered him throughout the process.

Speaking before the exercise, Coach Dreh said his 10-year career as a swimmer could “help me do anything and become anything”.

He also urged people battling with their mental health “to ask for help”.

“I am going to be swimming the entire length of the Lagos Third Mainland Bridge to raise awareness and sensitize the public on mental health, suicide, and depression. It is 11.8 kilometres from Mainland, Oworonshoki to Island to Adeniji Adenle. My years of experience in the aquatic realm are over a decade. And swimming for me, I can do anything and become anything I want to do with it,” he said.

“Mental health is a course that I am passionate about. Life can be very tough and I think it is okay to ask for help. Your life can stay positive within a twinkle of an eye. Stay alive to witness it,” he added.

The exercise was supported by the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA).

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