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T.O.B.E.: Jackson Mubiru - The Other Black Experience

Jackson Mubiru built the first skate park in Uganda, which is the only skate park in East Africa. He also created the blog Uganda Skateboard Union. "Skateboarding may be commonplace in the United States or Europe but remains very rare in East Africa. "The first time I saw someone on a skateboard was on TV", remembers Mr. Mubiru. "At the beginning we were only four or five guys, but it is steadily growing".

Uganda lacks the widespread urban architecture that is necessary for skateboarding. So Mr. Mubiru and his friends decided to build their own skatepark from scratch. "It's the first of its kind in this part of the world. Not even Kenya has one." Together with his brother, a few local skateboard enthusiasts and a friend from Canada who provided technical advice, they created the park in a suburb of Uganda's capital Kampala. They scoured the neighborhood for left-over bricks, bought cheap mortar and built the park literally with their own hands.

Photo: Cassi Gibson

Now there are approximately 50 young Ugandans following Mr. Mubiru's dream. They meet every day to practice. "We get donations from all over the world", he says. The group is gaining acceptance in the local community, as can be seen by the ever larger crowds who show up at the annual competitions held at the skatepark. "Our main problem is of course funding. Equipment gets broken and we need to expand the park", says Mr. Mubiru, but he has hope. "In the end I want to promote the sport all over Uganda - in every city, in schools and maybe even all across East Africa".
Sources: BBC,, Uganda Skateboard Union.

Photo: Mark Hofer

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Comment by Mr. Kurtz on February 24, 2010 at 8:20pm
Seriously though this is rad!
Comment by Mr. Kurtz on February 24, 2010 at 8:19pm
Punk as fuck!!!! Good on ya Jackson!!!!

Also, Dragon...Cultural Imperialism is institutionally imposed, this is just some regular kids getting together and building something positive for their community, if skateboarding in Uganda is cultural imperialism, then seriously shoot me. What should they be doing for a pastime that is more culturally appropriate? Ugandan kids need all the positive pursuits they can get, what with all of the brutal regimes that have stomped the country into the ground for the last century or 3.
Comment by dj ceiba on February 19, 2010 at 1:57pm
ohhhhhhhh. this is so beautiful. i'm reposting this WIDELY!
Comment by Travis on February 19, 2010 at 12:49am
Comment by Christopher Irving on February 11, 2010 at 11:30pm
Comment by William Brave on February 11, 2010 at 7:34pm
Its interesting. I mean I dont know whether to call this cultural imperialism or not.
Comment by AFROPUNK on February 11, 2010 at 6:54pm
Glad you liked it! :)
Comment by sceneless on February 11, 2010 at 6:15pm

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