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Badagry, Lagos, Nigeria

Badagry Festival is an annual event held in Badagry, a town in Lagos State, Nigeria. The festival is organised by African Renaissance Foundation (AREFO). The event reflects the significance of the ancient town during the slave trade era. It is a convergence of culture and display of African heritage. The organizer brings the indegine and culture loving fans from four corners of the world to celebrate the festival. One of the major highlights of the annual festival is the artistic display by Masquerades, dancers and fire eaters. It also features football competition, beating of Sato drum, Liberation Day Celebration

History

The festival started in 1999 to commemorate end of slave trade era and the significance of the ancient city during the period of slavery. The name Badagry was culled from the means of livelihood of the indigenes of the city which include fishing, farming, salt making. Others believe the city was named after Agbedeh a popular farmer, whose farm was named Agbadarigi, was later rephrases Badagry by the Europeans.[9] In the early eighteen century Badagry serve as a route for the Europeans where slaves were transported to new destination of their buyers. It homes cenotaph “Point of No Return” the well at this place was enchanted to ensure slaves that drink from it forget its destination. At the end of eighteen century, Badagry was one of the route that benefited from the recurrent battle between Portnovo and Dahomey for the movement of slave.[10] Badagry was noted as the auction point for slaves captured during inter-villages warfare.[11] In 1983, Chief Mobee was among the African Chief that partook in the slave trade. The first two-storey building was built in Marina, Badagry in 1845. Presently, the site is facing massive environmental degradation due to lack of maintenance by the government and activities of commercial tree fellers. The government of Babatunde Fashola in their effort to reignite the glory of the city has started the construction of Badagry Express way project, commissioning of Badagry Marina project.

The making of the Festival

The 2015 edition of Badagry festival was tagged “Toussaint L’ouverture: The Catalyst for the struggle for liberation of the black”.The event started on 20 August and ended on 30 August in 2015. The festival creates a platform for the reuniting of Nigerian in diaspora to reunite with their motherland.[18] The event was held at Badagry Grammar School, Badagry, Lagos Nigeria.

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