This festival was initially organized to display the cultural heritage of the people of Badagry and its environ. The town’s name, Badagry, is said to have been taking from the occupation of the town’s native, which include farming, salt making, and fishing. Located in Lagos, Badagry played a major part during the era of slave trade as it was a route used to transport slaves by Europeans to different destinations around the globe. However, the Badagry festival was created in 1999 to commemorate how significant the ancient town was during the time of slave trade and also to reflect on the diversity of cultures in Africa. The Badagry festival features events such as an Arts and Crafts Festival, Oba Akran Football Cup, Liberation Day Celebration, Water/Nature Sport Activities, Gbenepo Royal Carnival, Vothum Henwhe Festival, an Exotheric Masquerade Festival, and many more. The Badagry Festival is filled with excitement and fun even though it isn’t as popular as some of its other counterparts within Lagos.
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