In 2012, at the Tour of Rwanda, we met a precociously talented 18 year old cyclist who dominated the early stages of Africa's biggest cycle race.
Since then we have been following Merhawi Kudus' progress as he transitioned his success onto the global stage by completing the Tour de France as a 21 year old.
So we were fortunate to head to Merhawi's home in Asmara, Eritrea, to capture his story first hand.
Filmed on location in Eritrea.
More images: jameswalsh.work/eritrea
There are so many fantastic, dynamic, complex, beautiful stories on our continent. Unfortunately there are not always the platforms and funders to help us tell these stories. So I'm incredibly grateful to the team that made this project happen despite the lack of resources:
Cinematographer: Andrew King
Editor: Hope Fifield, stitchpost.co.za
Sound: Tim Pringle, originaudio.co.za
Colour: Kyle Stroebel, refinery.co.za
Music: Mama Dance, mamadance.com
Written & Directed by James Walsh, Sinamatella Productions