TRIBES AND CULTURE: THE BADAGRY PEOPLE OF LAGOS.

Background of the People of Badagry.

Traditionally referred to as Gbagle, Badagry is a coastal town and local government area (LGA) in Lagos State, Nigeria. It is situated between the city of Lagos, and the border with Benin at Seme.

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 got its name from ‘Agbadarigi’—a farm owned by a popular farmer of that time, Agbedeh. The farm was one of the reasons Europeans explored. Agbadarigi would later be rephrased for easy pronunciation by the Europeans to ‘Badagry’.

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 the cenotaph –‘Point of No Return’ stream. The well at this place was enchanted to ensure slaves that drink from it forget their source.

At the end of eighteen century, Badagry was one of the routes that benefited from the recurrent battle between Portnovo and Dahomey for the movement of slave. Badagry was noted as the auction point for slaves captured during inter-villages warfare.

Badagry is a monarchy headed by the Wheno Aholuship, a kingship head by the Akran of Badagry and his seven white cap high chiefs. The white cap chiefs administer the eight quarters into which Badagry is divided, they include Ahovikoh, Boekoh, Jegba, Posukoh, Awhanjigo, Asago, Whalako and Ganho. These quarters and the families that ruled them played prominent roles in brokering slave trade with the Europeans and Brazilians.

History of the People of Badagry.

Founded in the early 15th century on a lagoon off the Gulf of Guinea, its protected harbour led to the town becoming a key port in the export of slaves to the Americas, which were mainly to Salvador, Bahia in Brazil. It was also such a big departure point for slaves headed for French Saint-Domingue, today’s Haiti, that a main God of Haiti’s Official Religion of Vodun is called Ogun-Badagri.

The settlement in Ketu, present-day Benin Republic (formerly known as Dahomey), might be an appropriate starting point for a brief history of the Gbe-speaking peoples. In Ketu, the ancestors of the Gbe-speaking peoples separated themselves from other refugees and began to establish their own identity.

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INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIALS: THE CHRONICLES OF THE BRITISH EXPEDITIONS IN NIGERIA [I].

In 1862, shortly after the abolition of slave trade off the Atlantic coast of Lagos and after gaining full dominance, in the order that they wade off potential hijackers (French and Portuguese Government), the British administration employed the use of force and guns on the Lagoon. This move eventually compelled the then King of Lagos: Oba Dosunmu to ceding his kingdom to the British.

THE YORUBA EXPEDITION: How the Yoruba region was captured.

By the treaty (of ceding) signed by the King, it meant that the Queen (from London) shall then control and administer the Port and Island of Lagos with all rights, profits and territories so as to assist, defend and protect the people of Lagos. This was the beginning of official colonialisation in the coast.

Although, the King (Oba Dosunmu) alongside his dynastic rival, Kosoko was rewarded with a pension scheme of £1030/year, he

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Tempo Gets Heightened As Lagos Prepare For Local Government polls. See time table and full list of sitting sole administrators.

In a matter of weeks, the political atmosphere in the economic capital of Nigeria, Lagos, will depict competitiveness and rivalry as the lgs/lcdas in the state are preparing for the long awaited Local government elections. The 57 LGAs and LCDAs in Lagos will be the battleground for politicians and political parties as they battle for supremacy.

It should be recalled a Lagos High Court had in 2015 declared all caretaker administration (sole administration) null and void and has given injunctions to the State government to conduct fresh elections within 90. After subsequent appeals, state government is only conditioned to make the elections a reality.

Already, the Akinwumi Ambode led government had promised all residents, politicians and electorates of fairness and transparency. The state electoral body’s representatives has also assured of a smooth running. The Chairman of the LASIEC (Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission), Hon. Justice Ayotunde Philips, through the state’s official web page, disclosed that the commission is determined to ensure a successful conduct of the forthcoming elections. See… http://www.lagosstate.gov.ng/blog/2017/02/01/lasiec-set-to-achieve-success-in-lagos-lg-elections/

In agitations for the main event, all participating political parties have been actively demonstrating the internal democratic process in choosing their anointed candidates. The electorates are also on the look out. Hopeful, finite democracy will carry the day. July 22ndn 2017 has been picked for the conduct of all 57 lg/lcds in the state. View the time table in the picture below.  Continue reading