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Badagry is a town and lagoon port in Lagos State, southwestern Nigeria. It lies on the north bank of Porto Novo Creek, an inland waterway that connects the national capitals of Nigeria (Lagos) and Benin (Porto-Novo), and on a road that leads to Lagos, Ilaro, and Porto-Novo. Founded in the late 1720s by Popo refugees from the wars with the Fon people of Dahomey, Badagry was, for the next century, a notorious exporter of slaves to the Americas.
7:00 am: Pick up From Hotel
9:00 am: BoatRide to Badagry, The best way to get to Badagry is by water transportation.
10:00 am : Day one Tour of Badagry
1. The Palace of the Wawu of Badagry.
The Wawu family, according to High Chief WAWU, descended from Ile-Ife and settled at Ouidah (Whydah) in Benin Republic. Later the Ifa oracle asked them to return through Gberefu to their present location in Badagry. The Wawu is famous because his family refused to support slavery at the time that it got banned in the 19th century. He stood up against other clans who wanted to continue engaging in the trade because it was lucrative. In 1843, the British donated him two cannons to support his engagement. The Wawu is also reputedly descending from the Obatala lineage which includes the first Alaafin of Oyo.
2. City tour of Badagry through historical monuments and streets.
3. The Brazilian Baracoon of Seriki Williams Abass. Seriki Abass was captured as a slave by a Dahomean slave merchant called Abassa during one of the Dahomey–Egba clashes. He was later sold to a Brazilian slave merchant called Mr. Williams who took Abass to Brazil as a domestic servant. Seriki Williams Abass later returned to Nigeria on the condition of working with Mr. Williams as a slave trade business partner. Williams Abass maintained his business contact with Mr. Williams who continued to send his Slave merchant friends to him. Seriki Williams Abass continued his exploits and because of the prosperous slavery business in Badagry and its closeness to Gberefu Island (the point of no return), he decided to settle down there. In Badagry, through the support of His European former master, Mr. Williams, Seriki Williams Abass built his first Barracoon (an enclosure in which black slaves were confined before the arrival of the slave ship).
4, Visit the Mobee Slave Relics Museum. The Mobee Royal Family Original Slave Relics Museum is a small museum housed in a nineteenth-century colonial building. It showcases the role of the local 'Chief Mobee' in the enslavement of local Africans during the transatlantic slave trade, as well as the role of his son (and successor) in abolishing slavery in the area. This one-room - museum contains the relics used during the slave trade between the 16th and 19th centuries. The Mobee family was able to assemble the relics due to their acknowledgment of the roles of their ancestors in the slave trade and in its abolishment. Some of the exhibits range from leg and neck chains to ankle shackles and mouth clips
5 Learn about the Missionaries and Mission Works in Badagry at the Vicary, Mission House, also known as the First Storey Building. The famous white one-storey building in Badagry is believed to be the oldest storey building in Nigeria. It has stood over 170 years of Nigerian history to be recognized as a national monument. Rev. Henry Townsend of the Church Missionary Society laid the foundation of the building in 1842 and it was completed 3 years later in 1845. The building was the cradle of western education in Nigeria. It was the site of the first school in Nigeria, the Nursery of infant Church. The school was founded by Rev. Golmer, and it was later renamed St, Thomas’ Anglican Nursery and Primary School. The building was occupied by Bishop Ajayi Crowther, the first Anglican Bishop in Africa around the mid-1980s when he was translating the English Holy Bible to the Yoruba language. The two copies of the Bible are presently preserved in a glass case in a room in the building. The English copy of the bible is presently 173 years old while the completed version is 170 years old.
6. Nightout at the Serene O2 Highlander by the Lagoon Front Overlooking the Igbaji Bridge and Gberefu.
4:00 pm: Explore and Spend the Night at Whispering Palms Badagry. Whispering Palms Resort is a unique 3* hotel that provides for family getaways, romantic holidays, and group trips that escape the pressures of city life.
7. Visit Agbo'le Alajogun: Learn how Ajogun, the Badagry Biscuit is been produced and the folksongs that come with it in a typical Badagry Compound.
8. Visit Heritage Museum
The Badagry Heritage Museum is also known as the Black Heritage Museum Badagry and it is one of the oldest tourist sites in Nigeria. It was the first Colonial administrative office in Nigeria.
The Badagry Heritage museum was built in 1863 as the first District office of the British colonial government. It played a major part during the colonial era. It has the most comprehensive collection on the transatlantic slave trade in nigeria and it consists of eight galleries. The Heritage Museum is owned and managed by the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism and Intergovernmental Relations.
9. Boat cruise
Boat Cruise and music on the lagoon to appreciate nature on the river banks or opt for boat ride to Gberefu, the point of no return and experience the Slave route tour. Explore and Spend the Night at Whispering Palms Badagry Copy.
Whispering Palms Resort is a unique 3* hotel that provides for family getaways, romantic holidays, and group trips that escape the pressures of city life.
After breakfast, enjoy last-minute shopping at Agbalata Market - the first International Market in Nigeria. The Agbalata International Market, Badagry, is one of the major markets in Lagos. From the town’s highly revered mat, succulent coconut, to affordable foodstuffs, it is a place where you can get just about everything you want. End the day with a journey back to Lagos.
12:00 pm : Departure From Badagry
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