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This history of Lagos is rich and eventful. The Yoruba indigenes occupied a site known as Eko which encompasses present day Lagos. This was later identified as Lagos in 1472, by the Portuguese explorer Rui De Sequeire. Today, both names are used interchangeable, which is indicative of its kaleidoscope nature, its resilience and the sprite of the city. The city's history can be traced through the centuries from a colonial trading outpost, of the first capital of an amalgamated Nigeria. It is known today as the commercial and financial nerve centre of the nation, Lagosians are tough and tireless, talented and ambitious, industrious and Innovative; qualities which have played a role in shaping today's Lagos and they have a 'can do' attitude on the street that is fondly referred to as Lasgidi.
Art & Historical Tour of Lagos. Lagos is a lively hub and a confluence of people always on the go with a can-do way of life... This tour gives you an insight into the rich Heritage and Culture of the Nigerian People.
8:00 am : Pick up From Hotel
9:30 am : Afro - Brazilian Cultural Center, Afro - Brazilian Cultural Center is a place where you experience and learn about the Afro - Brazilian community, their music, delicacies and history in Lagos Nigeria.
12:00 pm : Onikan House. Onikan House primarily serves as our tourist hub where we showcase the numerous and inexhaustible splendors of Lagos, but more importantly where we tell the story/history of Lagos.
1:00 pm : Lunch at Bukka Hut
2:00 pm : National Museum. The Nigerian National Museum is located in the heart of the city of Lagos. The museum has a notable collection of Nigerian art, including statues, carvings, archaeological and ethnographic exhibits.
4:00 pm : Freedom Park. Freedom Park is a memorial and leisure park area in the middle of downtown Lagos in Lagos Island, Nigeria which was formerly Her Majesty's Broad Street Prison. It was designed and is managed by the Architect, Theo Lawson.
The Park was constructed to preserve the history and cultural heritage of Nigerians. Monuments in the park reveal the Lagos colonial heritage and history of Her Majesty's Broad Street prisons. It was built to commemorate the 50th anniversary independence celebration in October, 2010. The Park serves as a National Memorial, a Historical landmark, a Cultural site, Arts and Recreation center.
Fishing activity is available too.
6:00 pm : Drop Off at Hotel
7:00 am : Pick up From Hotel, Boat Ride to Badagry, The best way to get to Badagry is by water transportation.
Historical 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 it’s 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 arrivalof 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 were able to assemble the relics due to their acknowledgement 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. 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.
Historical Tour of Badagry Contd
7. Visit Agbo'le Alajogun
Learn how Ajogun, the Badagry Biscuit is been produced and the folksongs that comes 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
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.
Tour of Badagry Continued
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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