Ade Adepitan MBE

Ade Adepitan disabled Polio Survivor at Great British Speakers

Television presenter Ade Adepitan contracted Polio as a child. Luckily, Ade survived but was left wheelchair-bound. Despite what could be considered a setback, Ade has gone from strength to strength in his career, from participating in wheelchair basketball at the Paralympics to presenting many well-known shows on television. 

On children’s television, Ade was a familiar face on the CBBC series X-Change.  He has also travelled the world presenting on the Travel Show for the BBC and Unreported World on Channel 4.  He has also hosted episodes of Channel 4’s award-winning documentary series, Dispatches where he has confronted the UK’s benefit systems disability allowance.  Other works include Ade Adepitan: Journey of My Lifetime and The One Show. In 2016, Ade co-hosted The Superhuman’s Showalongside Alex Brooker and Children in Need for the first time alongside Graham Norton.

As a sports presenter, Ade has co-hosted BAFTA award-winning coverage of the 2012 Paralympicsalongside Clare Balding, The 2014 Sochi Winter Games for Channel 4, The IPC Athletics, The Channel 4 Anniversary Games and The 2016 Invictus Games which were formed by Prince Harry. He has also hosted at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.  His personal sporting achievements include a Bronze medal in the Paralympics in AthensSilver at the European Championshipsand Gold at The World Championships.

Furthermore, Ade received an MBE in 2005,  was awarded Honorary Doctorates from Loughborough University in 2006 and the University of East London in 2010. 

His charity work includes Amnesty InternationalUnicefand NSPCC. In 2012, Ade opened the Ade Adepitan Short Break Centre in Brent; a place for young people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities. He has recently become a Patron of Rotary International UK and Ireland, supporting the ‘Purple4Polio’ campaign- fighting to eradicate Polio all over the world.

He has done a number of high-profile public speaking engagements including the launch of the 2012 Olympic bid. He works extensively in the UK giving motivational speeches to schools, charities and businesses.

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