Things to Do in South West Nigeria
Lagos' Kalakuta Museum, a fascinating site full of history, is set in the former home and revolutionary headquarters of famous musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti. The building was Kuti's home from the 1970s until his death in 1997 and is now open as a museum for travelers to explore. A number of personal artifacts and household items are on display.
Kuti was a great advocate of human rights and expressed his concerns about the corruption and dictatorship of the then military government of Nigeria through his music. The afrobeat legend's trademark clothes and shoes feature heavily at the museum, while his bedroom and living room have been left almost untouched, with additional photographs and other items also proudly displayed, such as his saxophone and various album covers.
The museum is the result of Kuti's family's efforts to promote the late musician’s legacy, and was officially opened to the public on October 15, 2012, to mark Kuti's birthday.
The Badagry Heritage Museum houses hundreds of artifacts and historical relics chronicling the transportation of slaves through Badagry, which was one of many areas in Africa where slaves were traded before being sent to America. From the beginning of the 16th century, Badagry was one of the main slavery ports on the West African coast, and it is estimated that approximately 550,000 slaves passed through this route.
There are nine galleries to explore within this one-storey museum, which takes visitors on a journey through sobering reminders of the slave trade, with documents, shackles, photographs, and other salvaged records from this dark period in the city’s history. However, the museum also explores the history and culture of the area during the pre and post-slavery eras, with artefacts and records of the people who inhabited Badagry.
In addition to the museum itself, the entire town of Badagry serves as a living historical museum, from the open market where slaves were auctioned, to the exit route used in the 17th and 18th centuries, known as the Point of No Return.
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