Lagosians were treated to a stunning display as 31-year-old Estonian, Jaan Roose, showcased his remarkable slacklining skills on a suspended 66m (217 ft) rope, spanning 350 metres between Sterling Towers and the Onome rig, Marina, Lagos.
Sponsored by Red Bull, Roose’s mesmerising performance captivated Lagos residents, drawing attention to the art of slacklining—walking on a suspended rope, often used for balance training and meditation.
A three-time world champion and record holder, Roose, along with fellow slackliner Oskar Jussi and their crew, were thrilled to visit Nigeria for the first time, capturing the interest of onlookers in the Central Business District (CBD) of Marina.
Dr. Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyitolu, Director General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), described Roose’s display as bold and engaging.
Roose’s partner, Jussi, expressed delight at the Nigerian experience, stating, “Having slacklining in Nigeria is amazing,” highlighting the uniqueness of the sport in the country.
Despite the spectacle, some onlookers expressed reservations about engaging in such daring acts. Mr. Ope Banwo admired the skill but doubted Nigerians’ inclination towards such risk, echoing concerns about the perceived danger of the activity.
While many were excited by the display, Mrs. Atinuke Agoro and Mr. Isiak Bolakale expressed firm aversion to attempting such a feat themselves, citing personal fears and safety concerns.
The event concluded in the evening, marking the end of Roose’s display in Lagos, with the slacklining team set to return to Estonia the following day.