In life, experiences that are dear to us are ones we would never forget and my experience in the city of Lagos will be one I will forever cherish in my heart.
I went to Lagos on the 6th of November, 2018 along with my course mates of the Department of History and International Studies from the prestigious Kogi State University.
We started our journey from Anyigba, Kogi State at about 9:15 am and it was all laughter and endless fun until we got to our destination at about 1:15 am the next day.
In the course of the journey, we had so many twists and turns which was the major reason we arrived at our destination late. One major reason was the incident of a deflated tire from one of the transport vehicles and a heavy load of traffic in Lagos and the natural occurrence of rainfall which lasted for long was the major setback in our delay.
The next day, at 4:30 am, exactly three hours after our arrival, we started preparing for our first tour in Lagos which was en route to the historical area in Nigeria’s history, Badagry of course!
At 6:00 am, we started our departure for Badagry and it was not a funny experience, we were truly shown the other side of Lagos as we were stuck in traffic for one good hour before we got to our destination at 10:42 am.
Badagry, as we were told in classes, was really a sight to behold, we were welcomed with great hospitality and we went on a tour around the area and it was anchored by Mr Cornerstone. Mr Cornerstone unravelled many things to us, he told us about;
- The history of the Slave Trade in Nigeria.
- He showed us the Brazilian Baracon (Slave House).
- He showed us the first storey building built in 1845.
- He showed us the chains and shackles used to get hold of the slaves during that time.
- And finally, he took us on a boat trip and we went to a place called “Journey of no return” but we definitely returned.
The next day, being on the 8th of November. We headed to the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (N.I.I.A) located at Victoria Island, Lagos. We were warmly received and we were briefed about the organization’s history and objectives. The organization made a humanitarian effort of donating books both old and new for us to take to our departmental library.
We didn’t spend much time as we spent the other day at Badagry. So, in no time we started heading back to our resort in order to rest and prepare for our last tour.
On the last day, we prepared to make a visit to the palace to see the Attah in Lagos in the person of Chief Yakubu Sani Ejima. When we got there, he was not on seat, but after waiting for him, he appreciated us for coming and we had time to ask him some few questions in which he answered us diligently. After that, we had a series of pictures with him and we had to head back to the hotel to rest and prepare for our departure the next day.
We were all smiling as we were heading back to school because we had experienced what one would consider an opportunity and am very sure we grabbed it with both hands.