Skate Nation

Skate Nation

Age - 35
Accra, Ghana
I’d build a skatepark in Ghana where people can practice skating safely and teach kids to be leaders in the community
Skate Nation

Last year, Ghana wasn’t home to a single functioning skatepark despite its blossoming community of young skaters, at the heart of which is the Ghanain skateboarder Joshua Tetteh Odamtten and his skate collective, Skate Nation. In late 2020, however, Skate Nation announced plans to fix that, by building a full skatepark in the middle of Accra alongside the board sports collective Surf Ghana and design studio Limbo Accra.

The project soon picked up momentum, attracting the attention of Virgil Abloh and Daily Paper. In December, the designer and the Amsterdam-based label helped raise funds for the ongoing construction of the park — Freedom Skatepark — with a dedicated capsule collection.

In the meantime, Odamtten continues to coordinate events through Skate Nation, bringing together dozens of young skaters at DIY skateparks and inspiring hundreds more as a photographer and filmmaker. 

The aim for the future, he tells Dazed, is to establish a safe space for Ghana’s youth – and particularly young women – to practice and learn about the sport, and to promote the ever-growing community through competitive skate programmes.

Text Thom Waite

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