WafflesNCream sparked a promising fire under the Lagos skating scene when it launched 7 years ago, but without a single public skate-park in the whole of West Africa, they have been hindered in their quest to spread the sport throughout the country. They got by through innovative use of environment at the few available spots Lagos offered and building half pipes and quarter pipes ramps for one-day events – such as the NATIVE x WAFFLESNCREAM Go Skate Day in 2017. The community is however set to douse the Lagos skating culture in gasoline and see how high the flames go with the announcement of their intent to build a skate park in Lagos this year.
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Lagos Skatepark We are looking to get a park built this year in Lagos. It will be the first public skatepark in west Africa. As the first and only skate shop in the region, we have been promoting and spreading skateboarding for the last 7 years. We have been skating at the few available spots Lagos currently has to offer. The quarter pipe we built has been broken down and thrown away as part of the renovation of the basketball court we currently skate at. We would like to raise £35,000 to build a concrete park with expert skate builders. Once we raise the funds we can put pressure on Lagos state to release the land for the build. This would be a huge achievement and would change the skate scene in Lagos permanently. If we beat our target, we will use the funds to maintain the park and we would also love to buy decks and set ups to distribute to the local community and spread the love of skateboarding. To donate: gofundme.com/lagosskatepark To donate: WAFFLESNCREAM Diamond Bank : 0091524934 www.wafflesncream.com
WafflesNCream’s aim to grow from backyard ramps to become a more rounded local skating scene will empower an entire generation of skaters in West Africa. With exciting, safe and dynamic facilities, Lagos will have a broad appeal to skateboarders, BMX riders and everything in between at the proposed park. As well as attracting young and creative people from across the region, a skate park will also provides a safe place for young people to skateboard without damaging local buildings and infrastructure. WafflesNCream have launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to help raise the estimated £35,000 cost for the park, expected to have lots of positive impact on both the youth culture and the African society at large.
We asked J, the infamously private head honcho at WafflesNCream, what the park would mean to him and skating in Lagos as a whole. In a rare quote, he responded via message: “Personally, It will make the 16-year-old me smile. It will be a lifetime achievement. Like a Grammy or Oscar. For Lagos, it will be a huge deal. We finally can skate in peace”.
Let’s help WAFFLESNCREAM skate in peace.
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