The ancient town of Badagry was founded around l425 A.D – the period when people lived along the Coast of Gberefu which is now known as Badagry. Today, Badagry is the 2nd largest commercial town in Lagos State and it is located about an hour drive from Lagos mainland.
Badagry has many things going for it. Aside from the fact that it remains serene and full of unspoiled nature, it also happens to be a very historic town with regards to Nigeria’s journey to independence.
Badagry was a major slave port and market on the West African coast, exporting no fewer than 600,000 African slaves to America. Badagry is a tourist centre with its historic sites, landscapes, cultural artefacts and relics of human slavery.
There are buildings, sites and memories of this iniquitous period so that tourists can unearth the dark impact of this era. Interesting places that can leave an unforgettable memory are the Palace of the Akran of Badagry and its mini ethnographic museum and the early missionaries cemetery.
Other places of interest include the District Officer’s Office and Residence, the First Storey Building in Nigeria constructed by the Anglican missionaries and relics of slave chains in the mini museum of slave trade.
Visitors can also visit cannons of war, the Vlekte slave Market, and the Slave Port established for the shipment of slaves before the l6th century.
Other attraction is the site of the famous Agia tree under which Christianity was first preached in Nigeria. Visitors will also do well to trek on the Gberefu Beach to the ‘Point of No Return’. African-Americans eager to identify with their African roots will find a great deal to connect with in Badagry.
Visitors to Badagry should bear in mind that the town is still developing, therefore it is possible to sight untarred and unmarked roads and other features that are commonly spottable in developing countries.
Another downside of Badagry is the unavailability of top brand hotels and this means that the visitors to the town will have to travel about an hour away to mainland Lagos to get a considerably good hotel to stay.