Badagry: A trip to a slavery past 

A serene and charming town tucked outside the city centre, Badagry is inhabited by a hospitable people with a chequered and heart-wrenching past. Why a chequered history? It was an important outpost for exporting slaves to Europe, America and the Caribbean. Indeed, the history of slave trade in Nigeria cannot be complete without referencing Badagry. At present, the quiet town is a tourist haven and a perfect getaway for anyone who wants to have a break from the nerve-racking, fast paced and carefree Lagos life.

Badagry

Relics of slave trade can still be found in towns like Ajara, Ajido, Ere and Wowu among others. Badagry was founded in 1425 and the main language spoken is Egun, which is one of the many dialects of the Yoruba language. Jovago.com, Africa’s No 1 portal walks you through this town with a topsy-turvy past. Enjoy!

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Top Three Sites

The Aquatic Jungle

Located in Povita village, Badagry, the aquatic jungle can be described as a ‘forest’ for relaxation and respite from the stress of Lagos. This recreational facility offers something for everyone from water rides to  roller-coaster aircraft and helicopter tours, zoo, mini golf course and cosy lodging. It is a one-stop centre to have a weekend vacation, picnic and family get together.

Point of no return

The point of no return was the spot where captured slaves were shipped to  unknown lands never to return. The dispirited slaves held in the Brazilian Barracoon (prison) where taken straight into a waiting ship docked at the river bed and off they went. This spiriting away of human cargo went on for 400 years and everyone dreaded this point of no return. It has become a place to have fun, unlike the past where it was filled with agony.

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Top Three Sites

The Aquatic Jungle

Located in Povita village, Badagry, the aquatic jungle can be described as a ‘forest’ for relaxation and respite from the stress of Lagos. This recreational facility offers something for everyone from water rides to  roller-coaster aircraft and helicopter tours, zoo, mini golf course and cosy lodging. It is a one-stop centre to have a weekend vacation, picnic and family get together.

Point of no return

The point of no return was the spot where captured slaves were shipped to  unknown lands never to return. The dispirited slaves held in the Brazilian Barracoon (prison) where taken straight into a waiting ship docked at the river bed and off they went. This spiriting away of human cargo went on for 400 years and everyone dreaded this point of no return. It has become a place to have fun, unlike the past where it was filled with agony.

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Shopping Mesoma store, Beachtown, Chidozie Shopping complex and Vlekte slave trade market are among the walk-in places you can shop. If you want an indelible souvenir that reminds you of your visit to Badagry, then you can visit the Vlekte slave trade market. Sleeping From Coconut Guest house which is as low as N1,500 to Whispering Palms Resort (N25,000), visitors can book these hotels and more among the over 78 hotels in Badagry on Jovago.com. Fun fact The first storey building in Nigeria is located in Badagry. It was completed in 1845. It is 170 years old.
Ogunfowoke Adeniyi
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