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Photos: 170 Year Old Building,Nigeria’ 1st Slave Trade Center In Badagry Records Low Patronage

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Photos: 170 Year Old Building,Nigeria’ 1st Slave Trade Center In Badagry Records Low Patronage

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Oct 26, 2016 – Photos: 170 Year Old Building, Historic Site Located In Badagry Lagos Nigeria Needs Urgent Renovation

Nigeria’s Colonial Site Located In Badagry Lagos Needs Urgent Renovation

Mr Hodonu Daniel, the Facility Manager, First Storey Building in Nigeria, located in Badagry, Lagos State, says that 1,800 visitors have been there in the last nine months.
Daniel said on Wednesday in Lagos that visits to the structure, now 170 years, were made between January and September.

NAN reports that the foundation of the building was laid in 1842 and the house was completed in 1845.
“Our peak period is during the New Year, Easter, Sallah and Christmas holidays and on public holidays.
“We are used to recording about 180 visitors in a month but it varies. We have recorded 1,800 visitors in the last nine month,’’ he said.

He said that some of the visitors that patronised the facility were local and foreign tourists, students, foreigners, adults and children.
“Students patronise the building more than others,’’ he added.
Daniel said that this year’s patronage was better than the previous years.
“The difference in the record of visitors that patronised the building this year compared to last year was not much,’’ he said.
He urged the Lagos State Government to support the management in giving the building a facelift that is of international standard.



  1. D Hunter

    October 26, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Whats even so special about a structure that a visit to it reminds you of past bitterness and painful moments in the history of the country when our forefathers suffered greatly and were sold into slavery by locals and foreigners alike?

    Personally, I can‘t derive any pleasure visiting a place like that. I will rather make do with other interesting places like the zoos, museums, cinemas, stadiums, and most especially, THE AMAZON FOREST.
    (una go fia nah).

    I take a stroll…

    • Bench

      October 26, 2016 at 9:27 PM

      D Hunter, you are having sense today. Was you smoke small igbo? It work for you o. Is nonsens to be going there bicos is a nonsens house. NTA is always show the house for TV like say Nigeria is not having better thing to do again. Is a nonsens bicos pipul wey was tiff my papa brother and making him slave was live for this house.

  2. Fedoue

    October 26, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    I visited this site when I first visited West Africa in 2009. I was and still am so happy that I went to my ancestors land. I am from the Caribbean and I was told thru our history that we came from Dahomey Kingdom which is part of Badagri back then. There are several references in our songs about Badagri. I feel privilege to actually was there . I urge Nigerians government to turn it around so that the museum can create job for the people and also so folks can come to visit Africa. You can make tours package. Imagine the business opportunity that will generate revenue and jobs. It will be a win win situation.

    • Bench

      October 26, 2016 at 9:28 PM

      Are you dey sure? Make you dey sure o bifor you loss for evil forest.

  3. Bench

    October 26, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Nonsens house. Make Buhari brek am down. House wey all the winch wey dey Badagri is do meeting inside na wetin Nigeria is leaving to dey. Is only dey bicos na there wey they carry Tinubu enter bifor he was govano to Lagos. Na there wey they are get highest juju for Nigeria.

  4. Deji Owolabi

    October 27, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    It is very shameful that some Nigerians, like some on this forum, have a narrow mind. That building is a part of our history and we should be happy that it still stands and we should patronize it and teach our children our own history. The Great Wall of China was built over 5000 (five thousand years) ago and it still stands and people still visit it everyday.

  5. talker

    October 27, 2016 at 2:35 AM

    well it is just to reminds us where we are coming from and also to know where we are going.. but Nigerian citizen are still in a slave era under the useless leader that we have, we thought Jonathan was our messiah, but sold us to the hands of Buhari both are the worst est Nigerian presidents in history

  6. fifelomo

    October 27, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    Be it a bad memory or a good one, I think its not a bad idea to visit. I was here last year with my colleagues and it was fun. As a matter of fact, the first well that was dugged in Nigeria is from badagry and I can tell you that the water from the well is as pure as ever.

  7. Martha

    October 27, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    POINT OF NO RETURN! JOURNEY TO AN UNKNOWN DESTINATION really brought tears in to my eyes.

  8. lora

    October 27, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    they can leave d building but destroy the yeye post..point of no painful cos slave suffered well well.

  9. Bello ola

    October 27, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    The building will always brings back bad memories of how our people surffered from this den before taking them out of the country for continuation of their surfferin (African mentality) but cutting of the head is not the solution to the headche, lagos state will make money if turn the building to tourism garden.

  10. sola olaniyi

    October 28, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    Nice comment@Deji

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