SLAVE TRADE: It's A Tough Journey To Naija's History
Months ago, stories of slave trade resurfaced in Africa with Libya bearing the marks of a place where adults are sold into slavery in the 21st century.
Nigerians were some of those sold.
It is not new, but one had thought that we have left this in our past that is now documented in a museum in Badagry, Lagos State.
It appears cool and calm as you inch away from the river bank that is home to memories of slave trade in Nigeria.
There were no roads for long distance travels, the plane had not arrived and the river was the only source of reaching Nigeria.
Exploring westerners came, saw virgin lands, agriculture and exportation of food from the reach soil of Nigeria was their intent.
They could not bring their people to Nigeria to farm, so they relied on their guns to coerce people to work for them.
They had seen ceramic plates, bottles, canons, mirror and some other things that were alien to Nigerians in 19th century and they took advantage of this to entice chiefs and community leaders that had authority over others.
Freedom was taken away from young men and adults forcefully with a few of these foreign items handed to them.
This entire history has been document for Nigerians, but not very many have seen it.
Badagry Slave Museums hold these history that brings tears to the eye, when one looks at a mirror or ceramic plates that were exchange for unbelievable number of humans.
It is a great place to visit, but how extolled Nigeria’s desire to earn revenue from tourism could also be seen in the journey to these priceless artefacts.
The trouble to get to Badagry is enough to discourage anyone willing to see history and return with an increased value for humanity.
A journey that could take one hour turned to that of four hours as a result of bad roads.
It is a federal road, one that links Nigeria to other West African Countries, with the much-noised desire to connect nations for business.
“It is a shame,” one of the tourist I travelled with said, after we spent over one hour 30 minutes within 300 metres away from Morogbo.
If not for anything, can’t the government make access to history motorable?
In the same location, is Nigeria’s first church, first story building and the first Bible that was used in the nation.
The first Yoruba bible translation lies in a glass in the first story building where Samuel Ajayi Crowther, who was also a victim of slave trade lived.
The room of the first teacher in Nigeria, Claudius Phillips can also be seen.
A tour guide, who identified himself as Koffi, told Bounce News correspondent, Williams Osewezina, that the road had made it impossible for tourists to come to the museum.
“Every tourist that comes here now, complains about the road and if the government can do something about it, it will go a long way to save this history,” he said.
It costs money to keep the artefacts intact and when no one comes to see the museum because of the tough journey, the death of this history is eminent.