Badagry is a coastal town and local government area in Lagos State, Nigeria. It is situated between the city of Lagos and the border with Benin at Seme.
As everyone knows, it houses the first storey building in Nigeria but Badagry really is more than that. It also bears fragments of history as it was a key port in the export of slaves. It was this history I went in search of and one of my stops was the Badagry Heritage Museum. Here are some pretty interesting things I found out.
1. The museum was a former district office and was built in 1863
That’s what this sign board says at least.
2. The museum opens between 9am – 5pm daily
The museum houses amazing pictures and sculptures. And there’s a shop in front to buy African items.
3. The slaves were always chained from head to toe
4. Still on the chaining matter
5. Because there are still more chains
The tour guide even said they used to chain the mouth too.
6. And they were branded with a red-hot metal
As if the chains were not enough.
7. And after all of this, they were bound in chains like this
And they had to walk long distances.
8. And when they were to be shipped, they were packed in the lower deck of the ship
As per sardine
9. And when they had to drink water, they drank like this
I can’t even start to imagine
10. And if for any reason they messed up or disobeyed, they were killed
Death by hanging.
11. Or they were bitten by dogs
12. And this is how the museum looks like
View from outside
You should actually take time out to go see this by yourself, maybe with a group of friends. If you liked this, you should check out how African slaves were sold back in the days.
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