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Uganda’s Skateboarding Scene ~ Big Air in Kampala

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Posted July 1, 2013 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Featured ~ 6,649 views

     

By Julie Bosman, NYTIMES ~ Before Jack Mubiru, a father of the skateboarding scene in Uganda, could build a half-pipe in his native Kampala in 2006, he had to avoid paying a construction fee, so he fabricated a story about building a private enclosure for a pet crocodile.

Most local officials — and neighborhood residents — had never heard of skateboarding. Six years later, the sport has spread from the skate park to the streets, attracting children as young as 5 and adult women.

Its profile is growing throughout eastern Africa, with skate parks built or planned in neighboring Kenya and Tanzania. Proponents of skateboarding say it gives participants a welcome leisure activity in countries where there are few other options. ‘‘There is not much else for younger people to do,’’ Mubiru says. ‘‘So many people want to skateboard.’’


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    Sam

    These boys have got the passion and talent odf skateboarding.





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