Happy new year to you all. I pray that 2017 will be the best year ever. My last trip in 2016 was to Badagry. Badagry is a coastal town in Lagos state, Nigeria and it is situated between Lagos and the Seme Border, Benin Republic. It is historically known for been the main port for the exports of slaves from Nigeria to Brazil and other countries during the slave trade era.
I visited the slave museums and learnt a lot about how the African chiefs gave massive support to the Slave traders. I also visited Whispering Palms Resort.
My first visit to the resort was about six years ago and I went with an old friend. We were both catching up on old times so I didn’t even take note or remember how the place was again. I checked online and liked what I saw but when I got there, I was not so pleased. I spent less than twenty minutes and left to see the slave relics about thirty minutes’ drive away.
I first got to the Brazillian Baracoon (slave cell) which was established in 1840. The slave cells are tiny rooms that housed forty slaves each (just imagine). There were forty cells in the compound but only two have been reserved for tourist. I was not happy that other parts of the building had people living in them. The forty cells should have been left untouched (tongue out).
I took the speed boat back and continued the tour. It is good that all these sites are just a walkable distance from each other except Gberefu Island where one has to take the speed boat.
I cannot comprehend what it must have been to be a slave at that time. Imagine being locked up in a cell with 39 other slaves and those who died of suffocation were just discarded like trash. I visited the Museum of Slavery and Civil Rights in Selma, Alabama and I remember feeling so much disgust for the white slave traders. This trip to Badagry made me feel even worse. If the African chiefs had activated the same voodoo at the attenuation well on the slave traders themselves, I’m sure slavery will not even be a topic but greed took over their wicked souls. How would it have felt for the male slaves who worked inside the masters’ houses and had to be castrated? The inhumanities were just too gross and the African chiefs take 99% of the blame.
It was a great trip and I was glad to have made it. I hope you visit Badagry someday.