Badagry is such a beautiful and calm place, it is easy to forget that you are still in Lagos. The old town is known for its beautiful coastline beach and historical significance. Last weekend I got a chance to take walk through history.
Armed with a very knowledgeable tour guide, we got to explore The Chief Mobee Royal Family Original Slave Relic Museum, Seriki Faremi Williams Slave Museum and the Badagary Slave Route. I also got a chance to see the first storey building in Nigeria
I got to learn a lot about the history and the role of the town during the slave trade. Especially the oral history that has been passed down over the years by the people of Badagry. I have a put together a short narrative video of my trip and you can find it here.
Our first stop was The Chief Mobee Family Museum
A display of some of the chains and bounds the slaves where forced to wear for 18 hours everyday while the worked.
The chains that go around the neck is so heavy, I couldn’t lift it with one hand
Water container the slaves had to drink out of.
A painting of the famous Asisoe tin, where Christianity was preached for the first time
During the slave trade era, a canon of this size was exchanged for up to 100 slaves
Outside Seriki Faremi Williams Abass’ compound
The entrance walls of Seriki Abass” compounds are lined with slave trade era memorabilia
Outside the first storey building in Nigeria, built in 1845. Originally built as a mission house for the first missionaries.
Photo of Bishop Crowther from inside the house. The mission house is where he translated the English bible to Yoruba language Heading to the point of no return
The halfway mark. Also the well from which the slaves were forced to drink. It is said that the well contained concoctions which caused the slaves short term memory loss and made them docile. Making it easier for them to be shipped off.
Point of no return….for the slaves
This is a walking distance of about 20-30 mins.
And from here the slaves would be shipped off, never to be seen again.
The beach at badagry is amazing. I took a minute to splash around in the clean salt water
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, our tour guide was super friendly and patient. He waited while we took unending photos and made videos. The only real problem I had was DISTANCE.
Y’all, badagry is far. I am talking about 67Km from Ikeja (according to Google map) and the roads leading up to the town are not in the best condition. My advice is; leave home as early as possible.
The journey was long and tiring and all the way I swore I would never go back. But now that I am calm, I honestly cant wait to go back there. Plus I just learnt that there is a whispering palms and other attractions.
Now about cost, I must say it was a bit more expensive than I had originally budgeted. Entrance fee for each site was N500/ person. The cost of the boat ride and tour of the point of no return was N2000/person.
Meaning it cost a total of N3500/person for all tours
A few tips:
I didn’t know this at the time but I have been told that the costs for all tour sites are actually negotiable, make sure to bargain accordingly
Please remember there is a bit of walking involved, there were no other means of transporting for tourist to get to the point of no return. Prepare accordingly.
Remember you are going to the seaside, the sun is going to be really scorching. If you have a sensitivity to the sun please carry a sunscreen or dress accordingly.
You will also need to stay hydrated be sure to bring drinks with you there are limited options for drinks.
If you have any questions or comments about the arena, if you are planning a visit and need more information please leave a comment or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be sure to assist you any way I can.