Video: BMXer Courage Adams Returns to Nigeria in 'Encouraged'

Jan 26, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

bigquotesAt age 12 Courage Adams started riding BMX, but by age 16 he'd turned pro, taken the BMX world by storm and made the most of his parents' bold move. Now, he returns to his roots in Nigeria, discovering new connections amongst a community of like-minded bike lovers.

BMX street is one of the most frequently evolving sports in the world. Fashions come and go as pro riders flit between the contest scene and their latest video release. In Nigeria, things are a bit different.

As it is around the globe, riding bikes can be about breaking down walls and allowing an ever-growing group of riders to connect and feed off each other's inspirations and influences.

Follow Courage, Starboy, KK Money and S-King as we return to the streets of Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, to illustrate just what a difference riding bikes has made to their lives and what their hopes are for the history of the sport in their town.

BMX on the streets of Lagos seems to be a blend of both old- and new-school influences and looks set to head off in its own unique direction as the riders and scene evolves. We can't wait to see just what the future brings for BMX in Nigeria.
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  • 48 1
 The guys are rippers and don’t seem to concerned with seat tube angles or boost vs super boost. Just ride what you have and have fun doing it.
  • 8 0
 No one worries about those things in BMX, I'd be more bothered by the lack of hills, and the constant humidity.
  • 24 0
 Best nose wheelies in the bizz.-
  • 19 0
 Way cool. Watching this makes me thankful that I live in a crappy neighborhood in a modern city. We take too much for granted.
  • 17 0
 That was a humbling and interesting watch.
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  • 3 0
 Absolutely beautiful!
  • 3 0
 Awesome video, makes me ashamed to lust after a new bike when my perfectly good (under ridden) 6 yr old 26" am bike probably brings me the same joy and freedom from riding as a new one, now gonna ride it till it or me dies (probably me).
  • 6 0
 Sick bmxer manny king
  • 4 0
 keep those wheels spinning boys!!!!!
  • 4 0
 I may have cried watching this.
  • 4 0
 My mediocre skills all make sense now. My brakes are holding me back...
  • 1 0
 so that's what my problem is too !! LMAO !!!
  • 4 0
 Every town, city, village and schools needs a Courage Adams.
  • 2 2
 BMX bikes has barely changed for the last 50 years and kids and adults are still riding these and performing tricks like you wouldn't believe. The MTB industry is making all these ridiculous changes to MTB only to suck up all the money all you rich people can give! Talk about stupid is is stupid does!
  • 2 0
 The only way to get that good is your daily red bull, Nigeria! Of course he had to drink one in public, what a company. Otherwise enriching insights.
  • 3 0
 17:29 BMX fanny pack FTW!
  • 3 0
 Thanks Redbull and PB for showing and sharing this story !
  • 2 0
 Really cool, love their style of ripping through the city centers of Lagos.
  • 2 0
 Awesome video, inspiring stuff.
  • 2 0
 These guys DESERVE a bike park!!
  • 2 0
 that's a real video, real stuff, real shit, real world...
  • 2 0
 great insight
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  • 1 0
 And not a single security guard with a stick up his ass to be seen.
  • 1 0
 So you don't know much about Nigeria and civil war?

Security in Nigeria involves guns.
  • 1 0
 How many downvotes for saying I teared up at the end....

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