There is no app or website that pairs up third-world inhabitants seeking better educational opportunities in other countries with host families willing and able to provide the means and support for such a transitional odyssey. Thankfully there are people who step forward, individuals and families who open up their hearts and homes. Otherwise, Manny Adeoye’s 7,800 mile journey from Nigeria to Richmond, California would be just a figment of some sportswriter’s imagination.

The Journey

Adeoye comes from a small community in a very Christian area of Nigeria. The Wade family has long resided in Richmond. How did their lives intersect and how did Adeoye come to live with the Wades?

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