Passion is truly everywhere and passion does not know any limits! Just like Daniel Ogbogu. Daniel is one of only a handful of street skaters from Nigeria.
I talked to him about how he found his passion for skating, the general standing of the sport and his goals for the future. Read the full story below.
Yeah sure! My name is Daniel Ogbogu. I'm from Lagos Nigeria, 21 years old and a rollerblading enthusiast. Currently I'm studying at a university in Cotonou, Benìn Republic.
I have been skating for about 4 years now. My first contact with rollerblading was at my first year in university. I saw a few guys who skated around the school and I instantly developed an interest. Since then I'm addicted and keep pushing everyday.
There are lots of rollerbladers in Lagos, Nigeria but their perspective towards skating is completely different than mine. My style of skating is more street. I make use of public spaces and turn them into something creative to skate on. It's always a fun experience, exploring the cities architectural designs.
Unfortunately we don't have a skatepark in Nigeria and skating isn't recognized generally. So the people react kinda negatively when they see you on the street trying to lace a trick or something. The sport is not really accepted yet.
The rollerblading scene is thriving, but due to its unpopularity in Nigeria and mixed reviews from a lot of ignorant citizens, it is still unknown by a lot of people and irrespective of the fact that there are a lot of rollerbladers in Nigeria. Like I said, the sport isn't really recognized at all. So yeah, I'm kinda the only Nigerian who is trying to expose the scene to the whole world by documenting my progress and showcasing it to the world.
No, everyone just does their thing. No discrimination among any of the extreme sports enthusiasts in Nigeria, be it the skateboarders, Bmx riders, rollerbladers, we are all cool with each other.
Yes, my goal for skating is to take aggressive rollerblading in Nigeria to greater heights, to push it to the next level and share our progress and growth with the whole world!
First of all I would like to thank God for sustaining my life, despite the risks I put myself through in achieving greatness. Then also a big shout-out to Sidestreet Hero for giving me the opportunity for an interview and also a huge thanks to Oneblademagazine, my friend Gray for filming me, Olaitan Alabi for the photos and Ohiz Jnr, Xtreme Lagos and of course my parents for the support, you are all the best.