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waf./Jimi Solanke

 

 

Renowned Nigerian artist, Jimi Solanke is an Actor, Dramatist, Folk singer, Poet and Playwright. Starting in 2007, Jimi has produced one of the largest collage collections in the country. He quickly found that if he could make thousands of these impactful collages, he had fulfilled some innovative disbursement to the world.

 

Born on July 4, 1942 in Lagos Island, He hails from Ipara-Remo, Ogun state, Nigeria. He moved to the united States, where he created a drama group called The Africa Review, focusing on African culture. Members of his group usually put on African clothing, specially Yoruba costume and performed in black African Schools.

From a period where he had a lot of spare time, it became quick and easy to churn out these simple yet provoking pieces. The innovative works arose from when he worked on television programmes for children and needed to come up with quick and easy arts and crafts pieces for 5-10 mins on the television. It wasn’t long before the economic, technical and logistical issues in Nigeria influenced his craft and this continues to remain evident in his most current collages.

Jimi Solanke's deep reverence for his cultural heritage comes through in his work. The story teller uses the colours and texts from daily newspapers, glue, card and pieces of paper to tell individual, simple and direct stories in each piece.

“Yoruba people are the most blessed cultural inheritants of Africa.” Jimi Solanke.

This dry season, Waf will release a collaboration featuring Jimi Solanke’s artworks as well as an exhibition on Friday the 5th of November, showcasing 100 of his selected collages. The artwork chosen for the t-shirt is of an original collage created in 2014 called ‘MASK FIVE’, in colourways black, white and safety orange, with words from “Bare ni joye” created in his 1986 album ‘Stories’

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waf.Skatepark Project

In partnership with Freedom Park, we are delighted to announce the development of WAF Skate Park, the first of its kind in Nigeria. We see this partnership as an excellent opportunity for cultural and cross-generational exchange that will actively provide opportunities for youth development, while purposefully increasing social cohesion within the city in the long run 

 

Born in 2012 out of a desire to nurture the budding skateboarding culture in Lagos, we consider this initiative the next step in strengthening our community of skateboarders and BMXers, as well as empowering local youth. Judging by the exciting increase in board sales, our community is growing and in need of a safe and dedicated space. The park, which will be of international standard, and designed and built by Studio Contra, wheretofromhere and Concrete Jungle Foundation, is set to be located on the portion of Freedom park that used to be prisoners’ bathing quarters.  

 

Freedom Park, formerly Her Majesty’s Broad Street in the 1880s, is a heritage site in Lagos with a rich colonial history. After its first construction, opponents of British colonialism attempted to destroy it multiple times in protest of the inhumane government. It was rebuilt and functioned as a prison until its demolition in 1979, decades after which its cultural heritage was claimed back through its conversion to an accessible park and creative centre in 2010. Now a vibrant hub for creativity and promotion of the Nigerian cultural heritage since its founding, Freedom Park is looking forward to sharing its space with a wider and more diverse demographic. Both our communities share the philosophy that all activities should be accessible to everyone, irrespective of socioeconomic background, and are keen to foster this accessibility through our partnership. 

 

WAF Park will have a series of diverse programmes consisting of workshops, competitions, skate and BMX camps, skateboarding lessons, film screenings, seminars, extreme sports exhibitions, art exhibitions, DIY projects and so much more. There will also be a Clubhouse Café serving refreshments; a shop that stocks our merch as well as products from our family and friends within our local and global community. We also look forward to hosting our friends from other African nations and the wider global community during festivals. The park will serve as a community centre that both unites skateboarders in Lagos, promotes our interests and drives sustainable development at a local level.

 

WAF Park is supported by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN) & Concrete Jungle Foundation. We are open to partnerships with brands and people that are interested in seeing this through with us, so please get in touch with our management if you would love to be a part of our next chapter. WAF Park is in development and is expected to launch in April 2022. We hope you are as excited as we are!

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waf./Jungles - Skate fund

Jungles is an Australian brand birthed out of Melbourne. Jungles Jungles serves as a platform to escape reality. Offering clothing with an anti-establishment vibe displayed through graphics and apathetic slogans against psychedelic colourways. JUNGLES JUNGLES offers modern escapism. Too punk to be hippy, and too hippy to be punk.

We worked with Jungles to create a tee shirt and a sweat shirt featuring culturally significant land marks, people and foods of Lagos.

ALL PROCEEDS of this project are going directly to the wafflesncream skate fund. The Skate fund is an initiative by the waf.team which allows local skaters in Lagos to purchase skate parts at 50% off.

 

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Japsule - Made in Japan

Earlier this year in April, we were supposed to go to Tokyo to launch our Japsule collection in partnership with Awa'Tori. 
 
This was not possible due to the covid 19 pandemic. On the 17th October we had a product launch in Tokyo in collaboration with Pizza Slice and the Oasics Skateboarding team.  
 
The Japsule includes: a raincoat, reversible bucket hat, waterproof shorts, socks, and the buddha peace, love and unity tee, all made from recycled material. They are now available on our international store(www.wafflesncream.co.uk). We have an ITA tee exclusively  only in Nigeria(www.wafflesncream.com)

  

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DEFEND YOUTH TEE

It has now been over a week since the youth first took to the streets in protest against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). SARS was founded in 1992 to combat a crime epidemic and, initially, the unit seemed determined to reduce crime significantly. However, in recent years, they have been a menace to our society, targeting young people and using the tech boom as an excuse to unjustly brand young people as fraudsters and brutalize them in the process.

SARS has become responsible for a lot of unrecorded death, unwarranted detention, and extortion. But the youth have had enough. We have decided to protest, and to bring an end to this monstrous unit that is killing us every day.

Ten members of our creative community have joined forces to raise funds to #SustainTheProtest. They include: NM Bello Studio, Alara, Homecoming, The Lost Okoroshi, Seun Kuti, The Republic, Deborah Segun, Native, Dennis Osadebe, WAFFLESNCREAM.

To support the fight against police brutality, we have designed The DEFEND YOUTH TEE, featuring an illustration by Deborah Segun, and sold exclusively on www.wafflesncream.com & www.wafflesncream.co.uk 100% of the proceeds from sales of the Tee will be donated to The Feminist Coalition, an organization fighting against injustice through peaceful protests, fundraising, and social media organization.

The youth have spoken up and our voices will be heard.

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