If you follow me on instagram @blairsyn_ you would be aware of my recent trip to Badagry, Lagos state, Nigeria and I remember promising to share a list of my top 5 places to visit when in Badagry.
Without further ado, let’s get down to the business of the day.
My Top 5 places to visit in Badagry
- The First Storey Building In Nigeria
Located at Boekoh Quarters in Badagry, the first storey building in Nigeria was built with bunt bricks from England by Rev. C. A. Gollmer, as the CMS vicarage head in June of 1845.
It is in this building you’ll find the first English Bible and the Yoruba Bible translated by Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther in 1846.
In the compound where the building is, you’ll also find the Miracle Well which was dug in 1846. The water is so pure and tasteless and if taken with faith, it can heal/cure any illness.
I was opportuned to drink from the Miracle well during my visit to the first storey building in Nigeria.
2. MOBEE FAMILY MUSEUM
The museum is located at the Mobee family compound in Boekoh Quarters of Badagry. It consists of the relics used during the slave trade between 16th and 19th century.
The relics in the museum include Neck-chains, leg chains, children links, ankle clasps, mouth clips, wrist clasps, water bowl, etc.
The Mobee family was able to assemble all these equipment due to the acknowledged roles of their ancestors in slave trade and its abolition. Before entering into the Mobee family museum, canon guns would be seen
They are metal war instruments used between 17th and 19th century in Badagry, first used by slave dealers to wage war so as to raid and capture innocent people as slaves for sale and each of the canon was exchanged for 100 African slaves. Also, they were part of the abolition gifts presented to the Badagry chiefs by Queen of England to wage war against slave dealers.
3. BRAZILIAN SLAVE BARRACOON
The structure which was declared a national monument in 1940, is situated within the Seriki Abass court, beside the post office, Badagry (opposite the slave port). And Brazilian slave dealers built it in 1847. Also, the Barracoon was the store where slaves were kept before the arrival of the European slave ships. It is now a mini-museum which display furniture, products used in the exchange of slaves: ceramics, mirror, plates, jugs, canon guns, umbrella, etc, photographs of Chief Seriki Abass, and the well in which the slaves drank from after the day’s work.
4. THE AGIA TREE MONUMENT
The legendary Agia Tree lived for about three hundred and fifty (350) years and it was about 160 feet high and 30 feet in circumference. It stood at the heart of the town, beside the present day Badagry Town Hall.
And the gospel of Christianity was first preached in Nigeria under the famous Agia Tree by Rev. Thomas Birch Freeman of Wesleyan Mission, on the 24th of September, 1842 and later by Rev. Henry Townsend of Church Missionary Society.
However, the tree was fell by a rainstorm at exact 11:45pm on the 20th of June, 1959 and was replaced with a monument.
5. WHISPERING PALMS
This is one place I think everyone should visit whenever they are in Badagry. The atmosphere and environment is so serene and it is surely a cool spot for relaxation. It was at this place I tasted coconut water for the very first time and I loved every bit of it.
Another interesting thing about whispering palms is that there are lovely spots for taking pictures (bloggers/creatives can totally relate).
So basically, those are the top 5 places I enjoyed visiting during my field trip to Badagry. However, the town of Badagry has so many other interesting places worth visiting which include: the early missionary cemetery, Toyimi slave well, Badagry Heritage museum, the Akran of Badagry palace, Vlekete slave market, slave route -point of no return, the Badagry coastline, the Badagry waterfront, among others.
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Have you been to Badagry before? Where did you visit? Did you enjoy your stay there?
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