Last Friday was for Badagry. We arrived after about 2hrs from Eko Signature.
We were received by the King himself, His Royal Majesty, the Oba Akran Of Badagry, De Aholu Menu-Toyi I in his Palace who shared insights about the significance of Badagry to the history of Lagos and Nigeria with us. He’s the 15th King from this line of descendants, his Father was the 13th.
He smiled when I told him that I am a honorary citizen of Badagry as I attended Lagos State Model College, Kankon about 25mins away from his Palace for my Junior Secondary Education when Oba Layi Owoade was our Principal.
We also visited The Badagry Heritage Museum, the First Storey Building in Nigeria, Mobee Slave Relics Museum, Brazilian Baracoon, the Agia Tree Monument, the Vlekete Slave Market after which we were hosted to Lunch at the VIP Chalet of the Lagos State Governor’s Badagry Home.
It’s been a wonderful and illuminating field trip so far for my friends from Harvard John F Kennedy School of Government and MIT and for me, I’m rediscovering a Beautiful City and Country one can never get enough of.