Exploring Badagry: all you need to know. I wrote about the the ten places I want to visit this year in my previous post, the journey started from Badagry.
I didn’t want to go alone and I posted on my Instagram story if anyone is interested in touring Badagry with me. Tonye who is also a blogger showed interest and we fixed a date.
We met up at first gate and took a bus from there to Badagry bus stop which was about two hours from first gate, the road was really bad, but the adventure was worth it.
On getting to Badagry roundabout, we took a bike to the first place to tour on our list; the first story building in Nigeria.
Entering the first story building compound, we met a young man who we bought tickets to tour the building from. He showed us the miracle well which has never dried up since it was dug up.
We toured inside the first story building, the history about the building were all in a frame on the wall and we just looked round reading them without needing the tour guide.
After touring the building, the tour guide was kind enough to take our pictures and also helped us with a boat to the point of no return.
The point of no return: now point of return.
To get to the point of no return, we took a boat at the port.
After getting down from the boat, we had to trek for 30minutes or more to get to the point of no return.
This was what we called endurance trek, it was pretty far and we got easily tired, but the trek was worth it. You will need a bottle of water for this trek. Almost getting to the point of no return, we passed through a well and the tour guide told us anyone who drink from the well will lose his or her memory. A myth or truth? I don’t know.
The point of no return is apparently a beach leading to the Atlantic ocean. The view was just breathtaking and I could imagine in a way how the slaves felt then which will be scared, imagine going to a place you know you wouldn’t be able to go home again to your family.
We didn’t spend more than thirty minutes there because the time was far spent and I thought we could still tour the seriki abass slave museum. We took the boat back from the point of no return (now called point of return because we returned lol) to the boat port.
We toured Lord Lugard’s house which is right beside the first story building and meant to be the second place we tour after leaving the first story building but the security guy was not there. The house was under construction and we couldn’t really see what the house was like while Lord Lugard was living there (Nigeria government needs to do better when it comes to this things).
It’s amazing how much time run fast while you’re having fun. We couldn’t tour seriki abass slave museum which is right on the same street as the first story building and Lord Lugard’s house. I was pained but it’s past 7pm already, if we didn’t leave at that point, I would get home 12am that day.
How to get to Badagry:
Depending on where you’re coming from, there are different ways to get to Badagry. I passed through oshodi, took a bus from oshodi to mile 2, from there to first gate to meet up with Tonye and from first gate we took a bus to Badagry busstop.
You can also go through Orile (which is easier for me because I was coming from Yaba but I didn’t really know the way), from Orile take mile 2, from mile 2 you can get a bus to Badagry.
Budget breakdown of my trip:
From oshodi to mile 2: N200
From mile 2 to festac: N100
From Festac to Badagry: N300
To tour each site except Lord Lugards house which is free: N200
Boat ride to and fro to the point of no return: N1000
Nb: you can just budget N5000 if you’re planning a trip there so as not to get stranded.
My budget for the trip was N7,000, I was surprised I didn’t spend more than N4,000
I wanted to try a local dish but the food at Badagry is just like the local food we eat in Lagos. The tour guide told us there’s no special dish.
No language barrier here, everyone we interacted with was either through Yoruba, Pidgin or English language. I was scared at first because I heard Awori and Egun people are mostly among Badagry people which is true. But language was not a barrier.
Nigeria government are trying when it comes to tourism but they need to do better. The point of no return and most tourist center in Badagry are part of Nigeria history, they are really not that well preserved, like the beach, everywhere was littered with dirt. Please help us take care of this place for our children, grand children. Thank you!
Ps: If you need help with planning a trip to Badagry or you want a private tour of Badagry, please contact me via Busayoblog@gmail.com.
Have you ever been to Badagry? What was your experience like? Please share below and if you have never been to Badagry, will you like to visit?
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