Badagry, 2017

Badagry is home to the stories of your forefathers and the men before them. How they were sold as slaves and how they regained freedom.

Heritage Museum, Badagry
Heritage Museum, Badagry

The history is clear on every street you drive, the old-fashioned architecture telling colonial stories, street names hinting the Portuguese were there!

The people vibrant Egun speakers, mostly fishermen.

The sea calm, the ambience hustle free compared to the Lagos I know.

Suntan Beach, Badagry
Suntan Beach, Badagry

The sea wasn’t always calm. It was busy with ships, slaves, and masters. Masters who traded materials for human lives, ships with tiny compartments where slaves were kept in cluster and slaves who were sold for next to nothing.

Do residents have bad dreams? Do they hear the screams of the past? The town is now vibrant with colours, beaches, tourists, and fishermen.

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Everything happens along Marina road. It is a hella museums and a road of many ‘firsts’. It houses the first story building in Nigeria, first primary school in Nigeria, first translated bible etc.

If you ever want the slave history of Western Nigeria, then Badagry is where to look. Check out the Seriki Abass Musuem, Mobee Musuem, Heritage Musuem, Point of no return, first storey building, first Primary school.

MUSEUMS IN BADAGRY

The musuems in Badagry have similar structures, stories and artifacts; However managed differently. For example, the Seriki Abass Musuem is owned and managed by the Seriki family, same goes for Mobee Musuem.

Heritage Musuem on the other hand is a standard version of Seriki Abass and Mobee Musuems combined.

Seriki Abass Museum

The name Seriki Abass is big in the history of slave trade in Nigeria, This Museum is located inside Seriki Abass’s compound. It houses some of the original materials traded in that era and the barracoon.

Seriki Abass Museum, Badagry
Seriki Abass Museum, Badagry

Slaves were kept in a barracoon.

Seriki Abass was once a slave himself. Due to his level of intelligence and ability to speak 4 languages fluently, he became a slave trader. He became the man who captured men, women, and children and sold them in exchange for umbrellas, mirrors, kettles, jugs, etc.

Seriki Abass Museum, Badagry
Seriki Abass Museum, Badagry

If the slaves behaved accordingly they were allowed to eat and drink” our guide said.

As for rebellious slaves who attempted to run, they were flogged or dropped in the sea.”

Seriki Abass Museum, Badagry
Seriki Abass Museum, Badagry

Mobee Family Museum

The Mobee family started out as slave traders but became recorded in history as freedom negotiators.

Chief Mobee like most families in Badagry at that time was a slave trader, he was loved by the Portuguese for his friendliness. History says he was quick to offer them kola nuts any time they visited, he would say “e mu obi je” meaning help yourselves with kola nuts.

The musuem houses similar materials used in the slave trade era.

The most amazing thing about Badagry is that it caters for all groups, school children on excursion, tourists, honeymooners, beach goers etc.
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