I will like to first establish that I have visited Badagry in the past – the slave museum, the beach and the first storey building in Nigeria. When I visited I was only a child, too little to even remember some of the fun experiences I had there. Now that I am a lot older, I will be taking that trip again but with much expectation this time.
An Adventurous Journey
Badagry is a border town between Lagos and Benin Republic, so I sort of expect a long and torrid ride there judging by the on-going heat wave. It is only advisable that I leave very early to avoid unnecessary traffic.
The First Storey Building in Nigeria
The old missionary building where Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther – the first black African bishop, translated the English bible into the first Yoruba bible. It was also said that it was in this building that Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther lived while translating the English Bible into the first Yoruba Bible. This storey building should definitely have a lot of tales from history. So I expect to find items as old as my great grand parents. Hopefully the building would not collapse when I visit.
The Lagoon Fronts and beaches
Badagry lagoon, Topo Peninsula and Topo Beach are some of the cool hangouts on this axis. I love to explore nature and I believe Badagry should offer a load of amazing natural endowments. Its location is away from the busy metropolis of Lagos and I don’t expect too many visitors. I hope It is as serene and quiet as the picture above suggests.
The Agia Tree Monument
This is where christianity was first preached in Nigeria by Rev. Bernard Freeman in 1842. It is close to Badagry town hall, a major meeting place for the people in those years. It is also where the first Christmas in Nigeria was celebrated. So if I cannot make the trip to Jerusalem for pilgrimage, the Agiya tree monument should DEFINITELY motivate me to be more
spiritualaware of doing good – like the end-time is close. UNO!
Relics of The Slave Era
Badagry’s record during the era of the slave trade was second to none. I expect to still see many relics from that era, after all about 550,000 slaves were shipped from that port. Badagry town has the largest record of the slave trade era, preserved in different slave museums (Badagry Heritage Museum, Seriki Faremi’s Brazilian Barracoon, Vleket Slave Market, Mobee Royal Family Slave Museum etc.), detailed historical landmarks along slave routes and slave ports. These should offer a feel of the slave era first hand and maybe I might just willingly offer myself for slavery on the condition that my slave master would probably be Bill Gates.
The First Primary School in Nigeria
The christian missionaries established St. Thomas Anglican Primary School (the first primary school in Nigeria) at Topo, Badagry in 1845. The relics still lie there and it would be cool to experience “first-hand” education. Like write on slates and all that.
Don’t take my expectations too seriously, I just want to have a good time. After-all life is too short for one to suffer pangs from the slave era et al but who says we can’t re-live it. I have my fingers crossed, hoping to enjoy myself there. So feel free to join me there this weekend, as they say, the more the merrier.