Africa

Lagos just got its first skateboarding crew

Updated 1745 GMT (0145 HKT) March 21, 2017
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With no skate parks and an estimated population between 17 and 21 million Lagos seems an unlikely skateboarding city. Skate crew WAFFLESNCREAM are changing this.

Nigerian- American photographer and filmmaker, Amarachi Nwosu documented them as they took to the streets of Africa's most populous city.

Photo: Amarachi Nwosu
Amarachi Nwosu
WAFFLESNCREAM started out as a lifestyle brand with a vibrant online community attracting people from Lagos and Lusaka to Leeds.

Photo: Amarachi Nwosu
Amarachi Nwosu
Eight years later the team have opened their first skate store in Lagos and hope to increase interest in skate culture through mediums like film, photography and illustration.

Photo: Amarachi Nwosu
Amarachi Nwosu
"Skate boarding can be anywhere,"Jomi Marcus-Bello, co- founder of WAFFLESNCREAM told CNN. "There aren't many pavements in Lagos, but for skateboarding it's a sport we do on empty streets, parks and abandoned sites."

Photo: Amarachi Nwosu
Amarachi Nwosu
Despite the challenges of skating in Lagos Marcus Bello explained that passersby "intrigued" when they see the crew in their boards, "it's a sport that just keeps people glued."

Photo: Amarachi Nwosu
Amarachi Nwosu
"It's exciting and [the scene] could grow beyond our control if the right parties are involved, most especially, the government. I feel we are the last piece of the puzzle provided we get the support needed," said Marcus-Bello.

Photo: Amarachi Nwosu
Amarachi Nwosu