Daily Paper is dropping a collaboration capsule with Surf Ghana and design studio Limbo Accra as part of their “Beyond The Return” pop-up on December 21st. On top of this, another collaboration is on the way: a tee from Daily Paper x Off-WhiteTM Collaboration will also be making an appearance in the pop-up store located in Accra, Ghana hosted by but don’t worry on January 15, 2021 both collabs will be made available worldwide on the Daily Paper website.
There will be a panel at the pop-up at Mhoseeno Studios in Accra; co-hosted by Ashlee Janelle, the founder of Stories of Young and will feature co-founder and co-director of Surf Ghana Sandy Alibo and Joshua Odamtten and Limbo Accra founder Dominique Petit Frére.
Virgil Abloh’s design firm Alaska Alaska also had a hand in creating the logo for Freedom Skate Park and will be involved in the design of the park as well. Vans is also making a contribution towards the skatepark to help make the participation and culture of skateboarding worldwide. Co-founder of Daily Paper Jefferson Osei says, “With this initiative we hope to evolve the skate culture in Ghana to the next level and give locals a platform to grow their talents within a space that will hopefully become their biggest training ground to date. More than board sports, the park will be a creative hub for young Ghanaians to come together, exchange ideas, inspire each other and build their futures through recreational activities. They now have a place where they can be themselves, freely develop their skills together with likeminded people and reach their true potential. Hence the name Freedom Skate Park.”
The collective Surf Ghana have been making plans about a skatepark in Ghana since 2016 even though skating wasn’t as popular as it is now in Ghana. The core mission is to offer easy access to the skating for the youth in Ghana, but since the sport is just now becoming popular in Ghana there hasn’t been much opportunity in Ghana’s infrastructure offered to have a skate park built, until now. The skate community in Ghana is growing constantly and the creativity and entrepreneurship of its ecosystem is 100% made in Ghana by the same people in the community. There might even be a training ground in the future specifically in the 2021 Olympic Games in the skating category that could include Ghana’s participation. Freedom Skate Park will be a safe space that will help the youth build their confidence, self-esteem, and increase their self-expression and continue to build on Ghana’s growth in the sports world.