Events at 2016 Badagry Festival
Public screening of films related to The Trans Atlantic Slave Trade. This special week long event will be free to the public.
Live Music culminating with a free beach concert headlined by a top Nigerian artist. The beach concert will be a free concert open to the public. We project an audience of more then 5000 with wide coverage in print, radio, TV and Internet. The concert will offer a highly valuable marketing opportunity and offer sponsors a wide reach of audience.
Artistic facelift of Badagry Town- with specially commissioned murals painted to liven up the town centre.
African Herbal Medicine Exhibition and Arts Exhibition – The exhibition will held at the Badagry Heritage Museum and Badagry Marina and will be put together with various organistions who have partnered with the festival in previous years.
Economic /Business forum will create a forum for the Badagry community to gain insight and engage with invited speakers who are prominent corporate executives, economists, and politicians. The development of Badagry depends on nourishing entrepreneurs and encouraging investors. Through discussions about current issues in various fields the symposium aims to shed light on investment opportunities within Badagry and network relevant industry players.
Jumat/Traditional atonement and Interdenominational church services for the atonement of all victims of slave trade. This will include prayer for the peaceful repose of the spirit of our forbearers and all victims of slave trade in Africa and Diaspora
Water sport this includes a boat regatta, swimming and fishing competition among riverine communities of Badagry.
Zangbeto Masquerade exoteric performance Zangbeto masquerades are a form of worship of the ancestors as well as unseen forces.
International Symposium marking the International day for the remembrance of slave trade and its abolition including celebration of Toussant Louverture with a lecture on his impact on the emancipation of Africans in slavery.
Ogun Ajobo celebration – A celebration aimed at re-awakening African traditional culture. The celebration honours Ogu-Toplissen, the god of iron and protector of iron/metal workers.
Vothun Festival – a colourful event celebrating the ancestors held in the Ajara community. Vothun customs have been passed down from generation to generation and encompass the relationship between the spirit world and mankind. Activities include processions, masquerades, effigies and various ceremonial presentations.
Kings Parade/Carnival Day fosters unity and togetherness among the Badagry community. The parade is designed for the King, White Cap Chiefs, Chiefs, Baales and other notable members of the Badagry society to interact with towns people, the King will offer prayers for protection against evil attack at the Tolegbo shrine.
Grand finale – This is a culmination of all the activities of the festival and is a day full of cultural performances from the various Ogu communities. The day will also include performances from various international performers from the United States and Haiti. The day will also include presentation of gifts and awards by the King to winners of different competitions.