Badagry, a littoral town in Lagos, was founded precisely in 1425, thus enabling the town to be considered as one of the ancient destinations in Nigeria.
Drawing from historical accounts and records, Badagry was infamous for her involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Its strategic location at the coast served as an entrance point for early christian missionaries, explorers and slave merchants in Nigeria. Despite the upheavals of the trans-Atlantic slave trade coupled with other historical events such as the advent of Christianity in Nigeria, the town still has within her domain; artefacts, monuments, and other places of remembrance.
The resilient attitude of the natives in celebrating cultural festivals and commemorating historical events has helped preserve some of Africa’s rich heritage. Till date, the Badagry festival which is in commemoration of the abolition of slave trade has not only been the pride of the natives but for Blacks in Diaspora. Aside from her cultural assets, there are notable natural attractions within the destination such as beaches, coconut plantations, Virgin Islands and a long expanse of lagoon that stretches across the town.
UNESCO having discovered the attributes and potentials in Badagry declared the town a “Tourism Haven” in 2002. Currently, the town accounts for both local and international visitors at the destination.
There are several places of interest in Badagry, which include:
- FIRST STOREY BUILDING IN NIGERIA: Anglican Missionary House built in 1845.
- BADAGRY HERITAGE MUSEUM: Former District Officer’s Office built in 1863. Converted into museum in 2002 and contains slave trade history collections.
- TOPO ISLAND CATHOLIC RUINS: Established in the 1870s.
- SERIKI ABASS SLAVE BARACOON: Built by slave merchants from Brazil in 1840.
- THE AGIA TREE MONUMENT: Where Christianity was first preached in Nigeria on September 24, 1842.
- VLEKETE SLAVE MARKET: A foremost and most popular slave market along the West Africa established in 1502.
- GBEREFU PENINSULA (Point Of No Return): A major Slave Route and Port, opened in 1510.
- WAWU PALACE & CANNON GUNS: Presented by the Queen of England to support “Slave Abolition Campaign” in 1852 & the site where the Union Jack was first hoisted in Nigeria.
- THE SATO DRUM STATUE: The Second World Tallest Drum brought to Akarakumo, Badagry in 1543.
- THOMAS’ ANGLICAN PRIMARY SCHOOL: First Primary School in Nigeria. Founded In 1843.
- THE AKRAN PALACE: Palace of the Paramount ruler of Badagry Kingdom.
- MOBEE FAMILY SLAVE RELICS MUSEUM.
- DISTRICT OFFICER’S RESIDENCE: Constructed in 1870.
- WHISPERING PALMS RESORT.
- AGBALATA MARKET: First international market in Nigeria.
- GEORGE FREEMINGO’S TOMB: A Portuguese slave merchant assassinated in 1620.
- ILAJE FISHISHING COMMUNITY: A community based solely on habitual fishing.
- PERMACULTURE FOREST GARDEN: Nature trail on Gberefu peninsula.
- NIGERIA FRENCH LANGUAGE VILLAGE: An inter-university French centre.
- ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF COLLEGE OF NIGERIA, (ASCON).
- GEMBEACH ARENA / SUNTAN BEACH RESORT.
- NATIONAL HERITAGE SITE OF BURIED CANON GUNS.
- EARLY MISSIONARIES CEMETERY. Established in 1845.
- SEME BORDER. Nigeria-Benin Border.
- BRAT ZOO.
- DE JAMES ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS.
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