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Waf. Grinds Out a Successful ‘Go Skate Day 2024’ in Lagos

Leading skateboarding brand WAFFLESNCREAM (waf.) has made skateboarding more accessible and mainstream in Nigeria and generally, West Africa.

  • Adebola Adesuyi
  • 24th June 2024

Skateboarding in Africa, particularly in Nigeria, has evolved into more than just a sport. It’s a powerful movement that fosters community, creativity, and empowerment among the youth. Skateboarding encourages self-expression and builds a sense of belonging, which is essential in urban environments. 

WAFFLESNCREAM (waf.), a leading skateboarding brand in West Africa, has been pivotal in this cultural shift. By organizing events, providing platforms for young skaters, and collaborating with international brands, waf. has made skateboarding more accessible and mainstream. Their efforts have not only elevated the sport within Nigeria but have also inspired skaters across the continent.


On June 22, 2024, the skateboarding community converged at the newly constructed waf. Skatepark at Gate 4 Freedom Park, Campbell Street, Lagos Island, for the 8th annual Waf Go Skate Day. The event was hosted by WAFFLESNCREAM in conjunction with Plug Entertainment.


This year’s waf. Go Skate Day kicked off with a pre-event yoga session, demonstrating  the importance of physical and mental well-being for skaters. Yoga, with its focus on balance, flexibility, and mindfulness, perfectly complements the demands of skateboarding.


The main event began with an informative  panel session featuring OGs from Accra, Ghana, Fahd Bello representing Lagos, Nigeria, Blessing Ewona, founder of Dencity, and Kagiso Levuru from Botswana. The panelists discussed the significance of community in skateboarding, sharing insights on how the sport has positively impacted their lives. Fahd Bello highlighted the rewards of skateboarding, from mastering new tricks to gaining opportunities with major brands like Samsung. Blessing Ewona explained the need for inclusivity in skateboarding, sharing her journey and how she has inspired young girls to take up the sport.


Following the panel, the energy shifted to the skatepark, where BMX riders showcased their skills with thrilling tricks and stunts. The skateboarders then took center stage, entertaining  the audience with their jaw-dropping maneuvers. The atmosphere was electric, with spectators cheering and celebrating each impressive display of talent.


The excitement continued into the night with an unforgettable after party. Karlito, the hype man, set the tone, followed by a great set from guest DJ OO. The highlight of the evening was the performance by WeAreAllChemicals, an immersive experience featuring a mosh pit session and intense dance battles. Jomi-Marcus Bello, the creative head of Waf, also joined in, showing his dance moves and adding to the buzzing atmosphere.


DJ Titanium closed out the night with an electrifying performance, leaving everyone in high spirits and eager for next year’s event.  The waf. Go Skate Day 2024 was undoubtedly one for the books, reinforcing the importance of skateboarding in fostering a vibrant and inclusive community. As we look forward to Go Skate Day 2025, the excitement and anticipation continue to build. The annual celebration remains a cornerstone in promoting skateboarding culture and inspiring the next generation of skaters across Africa.


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