Now summer is here, let's embark on a historical journey that will be both adventurous and educational. Let us take a step away from our yearly summer routine and experience a history that was carved into our great nation. Let us recreate a day we will never forget with a trip to the first storey building in Nigeria. In preparation for your trip, let me share with you some interesting information so you won't be completely clueless.
Where is the first storey building in Nigeria located?
This historically famous building is located in Badagry, Lagos State. Built by the Anglican Missionaries in 1845, three years after it's foundation was laid in 1842, it continues to be a site of historical significance because of continued maintenance and preservation of originality.
Inside this building, Nigeria's first educational institution, The Nursery of Infant Church, was established in 1843 by the Wesleyan Mission. Years after, in 1845 it became St. Thomas' Anglican Nursery and Primary School, initiated by a member of the Church Missionary society, Rev. Golmer.
What is the Badagry?
The Badagry is a coastal town situated in Lagos, Nigeria. Some may only know it for of its beaches but asides from that, it is of great historical significance. In the early 1500s, it was a popular route used for slave trade. It was also through here that slaves were taken from West Africa to Europe, the Caribbean, North and South America. Today's Badagry citizens are made up of the Aworis and Egun people but before, in the ancient times, it was inhabited by the Ogu and Yoruba people. These citizens depend greatly upon agriculture, fishing, trading, and tourism as a means income.
In Badagry, buildings, sites, and monuments are preserved for tourism. The aim of this is to take tourists on a trip down memory lane so that they can learn about the dark era of slavery. Historical buildings in Nigeria includes, but is not limited to, the first storey building in Nigeria.
It was also here that Christianity was first preached by Rev. Thomas Birch Freeman in 1842. He preached Christianity at what is now called the "Agiya Tree Monument", next to the Badagry Town Hall.
You have been provided with some of the most valuable information that helped to mold Nigeria's culture. Now it's time for you to experience it in person. Go ahead and take your family and loved ones with you on this significant trip. Enjoy an even better summer that will make you more culturally aware and appreciative of how far our ancestors have come.