Abuja's drifting scene is bubbling with a network of motorsport drivers and enthusiasts with a need for speed, aiming to build a motorsport culture in Nigeria. Abdul-Jabbar Obiagwu takes a deep dive into this high-octane world.
While drifting might seem like a relatively new concept, a lot of people may be unaware that the art of finessing a corner with your car has been around since the 1970s. The sport was born in Japan when Kunimitsu Takahashi, a famous motorcyclist turned driver, invented the skill and Keiichi Tsuchiya perfected and popularised it in the mountains some years later. According to Wikipedia, when drifting, the driver intentionally oversteers with loss of traction while maintaining control of a car through the entirety of a corner; a skill that takes a lot of practice – not to mention burnt-out tyres – just to perfect. As with most of the cool shit the world has received from Japan (emojis, PlayStation and sushi amongst others), the drifting technique grew in popularity amongst professional and street racers in the country and many anime and manga (again, thank you, Japan) series also started depicting this interesting sport in thei