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Badagry: Historical Sites in Badagry

HISTORICAL SITES IN BADAGRY

THE FIRST STOREY BUILDING: The Building is reputed known as the first storey building in Nigeria, constructed by the Anglican missionaries under the leadership of Reverend C.A Gollmer in 1845. It has the first modern safe installed in 1856. An African missionary and liberated slave, Reverend Samuel Ajayi Crowther translated the English Bible into Yoruba Language inside the storey building in 1846.  The First Storey Building is virtually the most visited site in Badagry.

Opening Time: 9:00am (Monday-Saturday)

Location: Marina Road, Boekoh Quarters, Badagry

 

THE AGIA TREE MONUMENT: The site accounts for the emergence of Christianity in Nigeria. Reverend Thomas Birch Freeman from Wesleyan missionary first preached Christianity in Nigeria under the Agia tree on the 24th September 1842. The first Christmas Service was jointly held under the tree by both the Anglican and Wesleyan missionaries led Rev. Henry Townsend and Rev. Birch Freeman respectively on the 25th December 1842. The tree fell on the 20th June 1959 and was replaced with a monument. It was believed that the tree survived for over 350 years.

Opening Time: 9:00am (Monday-Saturday)

Location: Soglo Way, Awhanjigor Quarters, Badagry

 

THE EARLY MISSIONARY CEMENTERY: The cemetery accounts for the first Christian funeral service in Nigeria. It was established in 1845 by the Anglican and Wesleyan missionaries. The following were some of the Christian missionaries buried in the cemetery. Mrs. Gollmer 11th April, 1845, Mrs. Muller 26th February, 1848, Mr. Mark Willoughby 9th May, 1850. Mrs Van Cooten 17th May, 1850 and Mr. E. Van Cooten 13th March 1851 etc.

Location: Hospital road, Ahovikoh Quarters, Badagry

 

THE DISTRICT OFFICER’S OFFICE (now Badagry Heritage Museum): The Building was formerly known as the District Officer’s Office, constructed in 1863 by the British Government. Henry F. Pilkington Esq. was the first District Officer posted in 1865 while G.B Ollivant was the last District Officer. The Building was converted into a museum in the year 2002 and bears the name ‘Badagry Heritage Museum’. The Museum contains collections of the transatlantic slave trade between Africa, Europe and North America

Opening Time: 9:00am (Monday-Saturday)

Location: Marina road, Boekoh Quarters.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER’S RESIDENCE: This building was formerly the lodge for the District Officer’s. It was constructed in the year 1870 by the British Government. The first District officer to lodge in the building was Thomas R.J Ticket. The site was abandoned in 1958; the same year the District Officer’s Office was abandoned.

Location: Marina, Boekoh Quarters, Badagry

 

THE SERIKI ABASS SLAVE MUSEUM: Baracoon (Jail, store or cell in English) was built by the Brazilian slave merchants in 1840 and it was handed over to their black collaborator “Chief Seriki Ifaremilekun Williams Abass” who himself was once a slave boy. The compound has been converted into a living museum and it was declared a National monument in 2003 by the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (N.CM.M). Apart from the Baracoons, other existing features within the compound include; the tomb of Chief Seriki Williams Abass who died in 1919 and the Courtyard where he administered Justice.

Opening Time: 9:00am (Mondays-Saturday)

Location: Marina road, Boekoh Quarter, Badagry

 

MOBEE SLAVE RELICS MUSEUM: The museum is a private property owned by the Mobee Family. They were noted for their contributions towards the facilitation of slave trade in Badagry and its abolition in the year 1852. Relics of the transatlantic slave trade mainly shackles and locks of various dimensions can be found in the mini-museum.

Opening Time: 9:00am (Monday-Saturday)

Location: Marina road, Boekoh Quarter, Badagry

 

CANNON GUNS AT WAWU’S PALACE: The pair of Cannon guns was presented to High Chief Wawu of Ahovikoh Quarter by the Queen of England in 1843 to support his abolition campaign. Beside this, the Union Jack was first hoisted in Nigeria in this Quarter same year. High Chief Wawu was also among the Badagry Chiefs that signed the abolition treaty in 1852.

Location: Joseph Dosu Way, Ahovikoh Quarter, Badagry

 

THE VLEKETE SLAVE MARKET: The Slave market was established in the year 1502, it was held every five days. The market was located in the heart of the town. It was named after the Vlekete divinity, the goddess of Ocean and Wind worshipped by the people, whose shrine was sited by the market square (this arrangement remains the same till date). It also served as a customary court during the pre-colonial era and one of the prominent figures tried here was Richard Lander, a British explorer in 1825. It was the major and most popular slave market along the West Africa Coast.

Opening Time: 9:00am (Monday-Saturday)

Location: Posukoh Quarter, Badagry

 

SLAVE PORTS AND SLAVE ROUTE: The sites were established for the shipment of slaves across the Atlantic before 16th century by Ferman Gomes. The two slave ports were discovered in 1473.

Location:  Gberefu Peninsular, Badagry

 

GEORGE FREEMINGO’S TOMB: The burial spot of the slave merchant from Portugal known as George Fremingo. The natives refer him as “Huntokonu”. He established trade relationship with many kingdoms in West Africa including Badagry. George Fremingo was assassinated in the year 1620.

Location: Beside former Akran’s Palace, Jegba Quarter, Badagry.

 

THE PALACE OF KING AKRAN OF BADAGRY: It is the official residence of the King, De Wheno Aholu Menu-Toyi 1, the Akran of Badagry. There is a mini-ethnographic museum in the palace where important visitors are conducted around.

Location: Jegba Quarter, Badagry

 

THE CATHOLIC RUIN AT TOPO PENINSULAR: Roman Catholic Mission was established on this peninsular in 1870s to propagate Christian religion. The ruins include school dormitory, cemetery and administrative block of the priest.

Location: Topo Peninsular, Topo

 

LATE C.D. AKRAN’S PALACE: The building was the palace of King (Aholu) C.D Akran who reigned between 1899 to June, 1974. Visitors often attracted to the edifice.

 

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

BADAGRY FESTIVAL: The Badagry Festival is held yearly in the third week of August. It is a week stretch event. Badagry Festival exemplifies the creative power of history: reconstructing the tragic contextual features of the past history of a people for celebration of freedom and emancipation. The history, in this circumstance, is the history of the continent of Africa as it relates to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade of which is Badagry played quite significant role in its growth, development and abolition along the coast of West Africa.

The Badagry festival also serves as a historical and cultural bridge between mother Africa and the African descent in the Diaspora.

The Badagry festival include events such as the Zangbeto esoteric performance, Boat regatta, fishing and swimming competition, Symposiums, Vothun Ritual performance, Gbenepo Royal carnival and other exciting and thrilling packages. The event involves the entire people of the ancient town and attracts over 500,000 local and international visitors.

AGUNKE FESTIVAL:  It is an annual festival aimed at celebrating the rich coconut heritage. The festival features activities like; coconut carnival, coconut exhibition and musical performances. It holds in the month of September each year.

MISS TOURISM BADAGRY: The event holds annually on the last Friday of November. It is organised to promote the tourism potentials of the ancient city. More than 20 contestants participate at this important event and it attracts over 300 residents and visitors alike. It is one event that visitors and residents interact and share ideas about the locality. The event features parade of beauty, exhibition and musical performances.

There are several other festivals and events in Badagry, these include:

Event/ FestivalTime of the YearDurationLocation
IGUNUKU FESTIVALFebruary One MonthBadagry Town
EGUNGUN FESTIVALMarch-April One MonthBadagry Town
AGIDIGBO NIGHTDecember Two DaysBadagry Town
BADAGRY COMMUNITIES CARNIVALDecemberDifferent Dates in December Badagry Town
VOTHUN FESTIVALEvery Quarter of the YearDifferent dates within the monthAjara

 

STUDIOS AND ART GALLERIES

  1. SEPTEMBER ART GALLERY & STUDIO

Location: Marina road, Boekoh quarter. Badagry

 

  1. FEMI ART WARE HOUSE

Location: Marina road, Boekoh quarter, Badagry

 

  1. ADARA PRIVATE STUDIO

Location: Behind Saw Mill, Ibereko, Badagry

 

  1. MYKEL ART STUDIO

Location: Ajara Iluda, Badagry

 

  1. AWESOME STUDIO AND ART GALLERY

Location: Joseph Dosu Way, Badagry

 

LIST OF HOTELS, RESORTS, GUEST HOUSES AND BEACHES

  1. AJISI GUEST HOUSE

Location: Opp. Gbenopo Primary School, Ajara, Badagry

Contact: Manager +2347012745951

 

  1. AYUDOS HOTEL

Location: Agric Road, Ajara, Badagry

Contact: Director +2348033326042

 

  1. BEDROCK HOTEL & SUITES

Location: Along Oko-Afo Ilogbo Eremi Road, Ilogbo Bus Stop, Badagry Expressway

Contact:

 

  1. CHARLEY MEZ-HOTEL

Location: Iworo-Aradagun Road, Aradagun, Badagry

Contact:

 

  1. CRESCENT HOTEL

Location: Ibadan Street, Ilado, Badagry

Contact: +2348034154536

 

  1. COCONUT GUEST HOUSE

Location: Old Nepa, Posukoh, Badagry

Contact: +2348036166820

 

  1. CHEF GARDEN HOTEL

Location: Iyana Iyafin Junction, Badagry-Seme express way, Badagry

Contact:

 

  1. FORESIGHT HOTEL & SUITES

Location: Old Lagos Badagry Road, Aradagun, Badagry

Contact:

 

  1. FRENCH VILLAGE GUEST HOUSE

Location: Beside Badagry Roundabout, Ajara, Badagry

Contact: +2348139570125

 

  1. GOLDEN MAX HOTEL

Location: Off Tiger Battery, Aradagun, Badagry

Contact: +2347045071083/+2348033018239

 

  1. HUNWANJI APARTMENT

Location: Ahovikoh, Badagry

Contact: +2348055055242

 

  1. LABOL HOTEL

Location: Lagos Badagry Express Road, Ibereko, Badagry

Contact:

 

  1.  MERCY GATE HOTEL

Location: Ola Ayeni Close, Hejinawa, Ajara-Agamathen, Badagry

Contact:

 

  1. TONNYCOMMY GUEST HOUSE

Location: Aradagun, Badagry

Contact: +2347067968562

 

  1. OBINJA GUEST HOUSE

Location: Uncle T Street, Ilado, Badagry

Contact: +2348060351483

 

  1. SOKETTA HOTEL

Location: Ahovikoh, Badagry

Contact: +234806007079

 

  1. SUPER FLAMINGO

Location: Ibereko Industrial Estate, Ibereko

Contact: +234803585322/+2348156665091

 

  1. SYCOMORE HOTELS

Location: Seje Road, Ajara-Topa, Badagry

Contact: +234815590880/+2348069514689

 

 

  1. THE ADMINSTRATIVE STAFF COLLEGE OF NIGERIA (ASCON) GUEST HOUSE

Location: Topo, Badagry

Contact: +2348033325997

 

  1. TOM-TAN HOTEL

Location: Itoga, Badagry

Contact: +2347037205801/+2348138135470

 

  1. TOPA GUEST HOUSE

Location: Ajara-Topa, Badagry

Contact: +237063433533

 

  1. TURESSINA HOTELS

Location: Itoga, Badagry

Contact: +2348067242106

 

 

  1. LAGOS STATE VIP CHALET

Location: Topo Road, Badagry

Contact: +2348037222915

 

  1. FAMS EMBASSY SUITE

Location: Lagos – Badagry Expressway

Contact:

 

  1. LAGOS STATE VIP CHALET

Location: Topo Road, Badagry

Contact: +2348037222915

 

  1. Whispering Palms Resort

Location: Iworo, Badagry

Contact:

 

  1. SUNTAN BEACH: The coconut beach is one of the cleanest beaches in Lagos State with about Sixty (60) well-arranged Straw-huts. The beach is a hub for picnickers, nature-lovers, fun seekers and escapist.

Location: Badagry-Seme Expressway

 

 

RESTURANTS AND BARS

  1. JOLAZ RESTAURANT

Location: Vetho   Road,   Behind   French   Village, Ajara Vetho, Badagry

 

  1. SENIOR BOYZ JOINT

Location: Hunto Square, Soglo Road, Badagry

 

  1. THE MUSEUM KITCHEN

Location: Badagry Heritage Museum, Marina, Badagry

 

  1. 11:45 BAR

Location: Market Road, Badagry

 

  1. HIGHLANDER (02) BAR & RESTAURANT

Location:  Near Badagry Market, Marina, Badagry

 

  1. PATHFINDER BAR

Location: Marina road, Badagry

 

 

  1. LAGOS STATE CIVIL SERVICE CLUB

Location: Opp Badagry Police Station, Old GRA Road, Badagry

 

  1. EMPIRE BAR

Location: Ahovikoh, Badagry

 

  1. PALACE BAY BAR

Location: Opp the Old Palace, Badagry

 

  1. CORPORATE GARDEN

Location: Ajara-Topa, Badagry

 

  1. SAVANNAH CAFÉ

Location: Marina, Badagry

 

  1. ROLEX BAR

Location: Ajara-Dokoh, Badagry

 

  1. MIE MIE RESTAURANT

Location: Joseph Dosu way, Badagry 

 

  1. TUSE CAFÉ RESTAURANT

Location: MRS Filling Station, Badagry Roundabout

 

  1. TRIPPLE T CATERING SERVICES

Location: Beside Mobil Filling Station, Joseph Dosu Way, Badagry

 

NIGHT CLUBS

  1. VICTORY NIGHT CLUB

Location: Along Lagos-Badagry express way, opp French Language Village, Badagry

 

  1. ASCON STAFF CLUB

Location: Ascon Premises, Topo, Badagry

 

  1. ROLEX BAR AND NIGHT CLUB

Location: Ajara-Dokoh, Badagry

 

  1. GOLDEN MAX NIGHT CLUB

Location: Off Tiger Battery, Aradagun, Badagry

 

  1. BEDROCK NIGHT CLUB

Location: Along Oke-Afo Ilogbo Eremi Road, Ilogbo Bus Stop, Badagry Expressway

 

  1. GOLDEN GLO NIGHT CLUB

Location: Imeke, Badagry

 

  1. GREEN ARCADE NIGHT CLUB

Location: Imeke, Badagry

 

 

 

 

 

 

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