Badagry Slave Port: A Painful Reminder of Africa’s Dark History 

Badagry 7I received a call on the eve of Nigeria’s Democracy Day celebration. The fellow wanted to know if I’ll be available to take his friends on a private tour of Badagry Slave Port the following day. Been a public holiday with no initial plans for the day, I obliged with a mixed doze of excitement and nostalgia. You see, if you haven’t visited Badagry (Lagos), Opobo (AkwaIbom), Elmina and Capecoast castles (Ghana), you might not truly appreciate the value of human freedom.

Badagry 1Little wonder Nelson Mandela declared “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I know if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison”. A tour across these monuments is a reminder of our collective responsibility to continually defend our fundamental human rights, freedom of speech and accountability in governance at every given opportunity.

Here’s a pictorial experience of our tour:

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