Watch ‘Streets of Lagos’ an Enthralling Documentary about an Energetic Community of Rollerbladers in Lagos

Engaging in unorthodox activities in Nigeria will get you frequent stares, and self-expression is often stifled by judgement and discouragement. Young people today are increasingly willing to act despite the stares and judgement in order to live the lives they desire. As a result of this, extreme sports like skateboarding, BMX riding, and rollerblading are quite visible and not disappearing anytime soon.

Streets of Lagos is a film by Dom West which provides a rare insight into the lives of Nigeria’s first rollerblading community. Rollerblading saw lots of global participation in the 90s when it made its name as a niche sport, now in Lagos it has surfaced in the form of a nascent and energetic subculture. From navigating the Lagos traffic, to a means of relief and self-expression, rollerblading for these young people is so far from just child’s play.

The story is told through the eyes of Daniel Ogbogu, Lagos’ strongest up-and-coming street skater, who gives insight into the struggles of daily life in Nigeria and the strength that skating gives him. He is joined by travelling professional athlete, Brian Freeman, who seeks to nurture the sense of community amongst the youths of Lagos and to help them find sense in the chaotic world in which they live.

Watch the documentary below.

Nasir Ahmed Achile

Philosophy nut. I recommend Albert Camus, Eckhart Tolle and bell hooks to everyone I know.

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