Badagry Festival | AREFO





The Badagry Festival is managed by a small professional team under the leadership of a Board of Directors chaired by Mr. Babtunde Masewaku of the African Renaissance Foundation.  Mr. Masewaku’s extensive cultural experience and understanding of responsible festival management is matched by his ability to foster productive partnerships and a knack for selecting works that convey the right messages.

A current focus is the refining of human resources management and a succession strategy for senior management will be put in place by the end of 2014.

The festivals boasts of a highly seasoned team comprised of professionals from Nigeria and the US well versed in marketing, logistics, technology and production.

As with every festival, the Badagry festival team relies on the significant contribution of volunteers and community organizers for the various quarters in Badagry.


Organisation Objectives/Mission Statement

True progress for each race lies in the development of its own culture adapted to the soil, the climate and the race. A people can only progress through the upward development of what it already possesses, for progress shows itself in the improvement of what already exists. The global culture trend is moving gradually towards cultural uniformity thereby destroying the beauty of variety the creator has bestowed on mankind. We are of the strong view that each race must preserve and conserve both its tangible and intangible cultural heritage values, so that the beauty of cultural variety will not go into extinction.

Given the above background therefore, African Renaissance Foundation (AREFO) was established in 1998 and incorporated in Nigeria in 2002. It has its main office in the ancient city of Badagry. The NGO is non-profit making. Its main focus revolves round education and literacy, economic empowerment and tourism development. It was founded to accomplish the following stated objectives/mission statement:

  • Projection of African Arts and culture through exhibition, documentation, film, and cultural performances.
  • To undertake enlightenment and educational programmes through workshops, symposia and debates aimed at eliminating poverty and ignorance.
  • Provision of consultancy services in cultural matters.
  • Working in alliance with local and international agencies for the realisation of socio-cultural values.
  • To undertake research and documentation of cultural trends and impact on society.
  • To foster the preservation and development of cultural industry, craft skill and indigenous technology.
  • Tourism promotion and development.
  • Heritage preservation and conservation.