Ghana’s Vibrate Space which is operated by Surf Ghana (which also constructed Ghana’s first skatepark) has been closed indefinitely due to a land dispute with an alleged secondary owner.
There is a dispute between the owner of the space and a secondary party who is claiming ownership of the land where the skatepark was developed.
According to a local journalist, Sandy Alibo, the creator of Surf Ghana purchased the land for 10 years from its alleged owner but the land appears to have been also purchased by a secondary buyer.
The Bigger Picture
In March, Spotify announced a multi-year partnership with the non-profit organization which helps young Ghanaian music entrepreneurs with the tools and skills they need to thrive in the industry.
Vibrate Space had planned to use the additional funding for artist support including a festival at the space, to be held at the end of the year, supporting artists to put on their own events, and establishing a youth hostel.
With the space currently closed in the interim due to the land dispute, the deal might be in jeopardy.
What Happens Next
Currently, the space is closed indefinitely. Sandy Alibo is currently consulting with legal counsel on the next steps.