Photographs by Yann Gross.
Yann Gross, 2010. 48 pp., Color illustrations throughout, 9¼x12½".
Kampala area & the first East African skatepark constructed by local youngsters.
The first Uganda skateboarders were inspired by the television, but hadn’t any concrete to practice on in
their neighborhood. They built the only skatepark of East Africa with their own hand in Kitintale, a working
class suburb of Kampala. With no assistance from government or large NGO’s, kids from Uganda took
significant steps to overcome boredom and poverty through skateboarding. Skateboarding keeps the youth
busy, combats the development of negative habits and develops a sense of belonging to a community.
The elder skateboarders became also kind of educators. They talk about the problems that many Ugandan
families are facing like HIV or malaria and try to inculcate values such as respect and solidarity among the
Read Sarah Bradley's photo-eye Blog post on Kitintale here.
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