Big Wheel Blading’s COVID-19 Coverage

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every skater in the world in some way. In this new series, Inline Skating and Life During COVID-19, we will be checking in with various inline skaters from around the globe to see how the pandemic has affected their life. This is only one part of our COVID-19 coverage, which includes editorials, interviews with skaters who are deemed essential workers and an in depth report of what long term affects the pandemic will have on our sport and industry. Also check out the series, Essential Workers, Inline Skaters on the Front Lines of COVID-19, where we talk to inline skaters from around the world who are considered Essential Workers. If you’d like to contribute an editorial piece or have any comments or suggestions you can email janericwelch@bigwheelblading.com.


Daniel Ogbogu is a 23-year-old inline skater living in Lagos City, Nigeria Daniel recently released “Lagos Tapes”, the first skating video with his Shinobi Blade Clan.


What are the current COVID-19 restrictions in Nigeria?

To limit the spread of COVID-19, the government has instituted lockdown measures and banned public gatherings.

Are you still skating? If so what precautions are you taking to stay safe?

I am observing all the safety precautions expected of me to not contract the virus. I don’t skate street anymore due to the lockdown, so I try to skate in my house or limit it to my neighborhood. 

What activities are you doing to occupy your time?

Some of the activities I have been indulging in due to the pandemic are working on my video editing skills and listening to a large variety of music genres. 

How has COVID-19 affected your normal everyday life?

COVID-19 has seriously affected movements in my daily life. I can no longer go skating with my Shinobi Blade Clan hommies. The lockdown has also affected my marketing work for an insurance agency and I am no longer able to interact with clients.

What are your major concerns right now and looking into the future?

I had planned to start filming another Shinobi Blade Clan video, after the release of the Lagos Tapes video, but due to the pandemic filming has been postponed because we aren’t allowed to have skate gatherings for the time being.


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