Sunday, September 6, 2009

Nigerian Field Society Badagry Folk Festival and Slave History Trip

August 28-30 we took a trip with the Nigerian Field Society to Badagry to attend the Gbenopo Royal Carnival and tour the historic sites of one of Africa's largest slave ports. We had two days of exciting cultural experiences and historical tours. Check out the pictures below.

Arrival in Badagry. We took at 1.5 hour boat ride from Lagos to Badagry.

Gbenopo Royal Carnival.

Meeting the king of Badagry.

Enjoying a cold beverage with friends at the hotel in Badagry.

Market in Badagry.

Butcher at the market.

Typical Nigerian market.

My first Nigerian fabric purchase. Humm...I think I am going to use this fabric to make pillows.

One of my favorite photos. The children love to have their photo taken. They get even more excited when you show them to digital picture on the screen.

The Grand Finale. Festival dancing in front of our table.

The ladies with the chickens were my favorite!

Traditional drumming and dancing in the pouring rain.

Traditional dancing and druming.

The stilt characters were amazing. Very agile.

Badagry heritage museum. Described the history of the trans-Saharan and trans-Atlantic west African slave trade.

Slave market where slaves were bought and sold before going to the point of no return to be transported across the Atlantic.

Our boat ride to point of no return. Fortunately it returned to Badagry......

Badagry point of no return..

View of the point of no return and monument.

Sitting at the point of no return imagining what it was like for millions of people being transported across the Atlantic as slaves not knowing where they were going or if they will ever return to Africa.

1 comment:

MY BADAGRY said...

We at team say a big thank you for your lovely visit to Badagry. I remember that very day when you arrived at the palace and your team was taken on a tour by BABATUNDE AJOSE. I can’t forget the memory of your visit from GREECE to the cradle of civilization. You have reawaken our interest to use this picture that we do have in our Photo Bank in re-telling our own story.
Thank you once more
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