You might have always wondered how a white, solid, intensely charming, one-story building, can be an object of such controversy in the past few years. With its ‘brown roof’ overlooking the marina waterfront, one can jump into an abrupt conclusion on its being well seated in the ancient city of Ibadan; rather, this particular corrugated iron sheet roof building is situated in Badagry, Nigeria.
The building seems to have quite a quantifiable ounce of prestige as it is documented the first storey building in Nigeria and is undoubtedly the most famous mission house in Badagry, Lagos State. Regardless of its being the source of spooky ghost stories, it has continued to attract many tourists from Nigeria, and surprisingly beyond.
As Nigerians do not just take anything given to them and fall for every story hook, line, and sinker, a few reservations have been raised as to who-built-what first on the sacred soil of our dearest country, Nigeria.
Hausas in Northern Nigeria have fierce claims that they had built some storey buildings before the thought of even erecting the Badagry building crossed the minds of the British missionaries.
Faithful compatriots strongly believe that the first storey building in Nigeria would have rather looked like this ancient building in Zaria:
While other intensely opinionated countrymen draw our attention to buildings like this intriguing structure in Kano…
Or this beauty in Zaria …… buildings that, according to chauvinistic views, have adorned the Nigerian sahelian kingdoms and landscapes for nothing less than 1,200 years and this is way before there was even a nation known as Britain (touché!).
I personally do not know where the very first building was erected (talk less of the first storey building), but one thing I know is that Nigeria has a commendable handful of fascinating structures with stories begging to be told. Nigeria is a beautiful nation with transfixing edifices. I just realized we have not seen a quarter of the treasures stacked in this country.