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Ade is a young college student in the U.S. who seems to be living the dream life. His grades are fantastic, he has a girlfriend, and his friends love and support him. Yet despite his success, Ade is still haunted by the accident that paralyzed his brother Tolu back home in Nigeria. Can Ade vanquish his demons and learn to live his life? Written by Jonathan Sigworth (More Than Walking, 2009), who became a quadriplegic after a bike accident, 'Hey Tolu' tells a heartfelt story about putting ourselves back together after our world shatters.
"Hey Tolu" was written by Jonathan Sigworth and Victor Lekweuwa and inspired by the mutual experience of a separation from and obligation to a home far away.
Jonathan, born in Connecticut, became a quadriplegic in India in 2006 and began his life in a wheelchair at 19, surrounded by friends in a New Delhi hospital who he would leave to begin college at Wesleyan University. Throughout college, Jonathan was cognizant of his privileged position compared to other quadriplegic friends abroad who were living in relative poverty and were able to communicate with him via Facebook and Skype.
Victor grew up in Nigeria, moving to New York City when he was 14 and leaving family and friends behind. His displacement made it difficult to maintain or form relational attachments in either place, and he also suffered from a rare condition called Fibromyalgia that further isolated him from his peers.
Jonathan and Victor met at Dartmouth College through their common interest in poetry. The story of "Hey Tolu" is a merging of their past.