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Tour Badagry

 

 

This ancient town of Badagry was founded around l425 A.D. It is the second largest commercial town in Lagos State, located an hour from Lagos and half hour from the Republic du Benin. The Town of Badgry is bordered on the south by the Gulf of Guinea and surrounded by creeks, islands and a lake. The ancient town served mainly the Oyo Empire which was comprised of Yoruba and Ogu people. Today, the Aworis and Egun are mainly the people who reside in the town of Badagry as well as in Ogun State in Nigeria and in the neighboring Republic du Benin. In the early 1500′s, slaves were transported from West Africa to America through Badagry. It is reported that Badagry exported no fewer than 550,000 African slaves to America during the period of the American Independence in l787. In addition, slaves were transported to Europe, South America and the Caribbean. The slaves came mainly from West Africa and the neighboring countries of Benin and Togo as well as others parts of Nigeria. The slave trade became the major source of income for the Europeans in Badagry. The town of Badagry hopes to enlighten the world to its historic sites, landscapes, cultural artifacts and relics of human slavery. Places of interest in Badagry include:

  • Vlekete Slave Market and Slave Port Jetty
  • The Slave route
  • First storey building in Nigeria
  • Black Heritage Museum
  • Slave Cells (Barracoon)
  • Early Missionaries Cementary
  • Mobee Family Slave Relics Museum
  • 1st primary school in Nigeria
  • First church in Nigeria
  • Agia Tree¬†
  • Point of no Return