Badagry, an ancient community endowed with rich cultural heritage which enable her people developed their traditional occupation and vocations like fishing, farming, traditional building construction and furniture works, basket making, mat weaving, pottery, piggery, fish processing, black smithery and local gin distillation.
Badagry was a notable commercial centre for precious commodities like spices, beads, palm produce which attracted sufficient economic activities in the maritime field.
The infamous business – Slave Trade also had its share in commercial business of Badagry during the nineteenth (19th) century.
Various festivals featured prominently in and around Badagry where all the farm products, the sea, river and swamp foods and materials are put into use and processed as festival materials.
For the purpose of record, everything first in Nigeria took place in Badagry.
It’s pertinent to state that the history of Nigeria as a nation can’t be fully realized without the mention of the ancient Badagry.
Last week in Abuja the federal capital territory was indeed an indication of the true position of Badagry in the tourism sector of the country as Badagry and Lagos State went home with the largest numbers of awards.
The First National Tourism event in the year 2021 after so many months of break and virtual tourism activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Abuja-Jabamah 2021 was indeed a huge success as the event recorded great numbers of shakers and movers of tourism sector within and outside the country.
The event began with a two day capacity building with quality lectures by the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism under the care of the Director General, Alhaji (Turaki) Nura Kangiwa and invited scholars in the industry and related sectors.
After the marathon trainings, all the participants were Certified as Nigerian Tourism Specialist and followed by presentation of Awards where Lagos State swept almost all the awards in the various categories such as;
• Tourism Governor of the year 2020 – His Excellency, Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu.
• Best Governor of the year – His Excellency, Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu.
• The most active Tourism State – Lagos.
• Best Beach Resort in Nigeria – Lagos.
• Top Tourism Destination in Nigeria 2020 – #BADAGRY.
• Nigerian Top Tourism Promoters of the year 2020 – Hon. Apata Samson Nunayon alongside Ajibola Oluseye and Anago Osho.
Lagos State finally took over the stage for some minutes as the organizers delegated the Lagos Commissioner for Tourism, Honorable (Pharmacist) Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf to do the presentations to the awardees from Lagos State.
At the event venue, there were various exhibitions and Lagos was not left out as Mrs. Oni, a Director of Tourism from the ministry curated the Lagos stand.
Dignitaries at the event were;
– Amb. Wendell Wendell Lago,
Ambassador of Trinidad Tobago
– Amb. Esmond Reid
Ambassador to Jamaica.
– Pharmacist Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture.
– Engr. Lawrence Ejiofor
Delta State Commissioner for Tourism.
– Hon. Orman Esin
Akwa Ibom Commissioner for Tourism.
– Hon. Eric Anderson
Cross River State Commissioner for Tourism.
– Turaki Nura Sani Kangiwa
Director General/CEO, National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism.
– Representative of Alhaji Lai Muhammed, Honorable Minister of Information and Culture.
– Lagos Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism.
– Mrs. Oni, Director of Tourism, Lagos.
– Mr. Tinubu,
Special Adviser to the Honorable Commissioner for Tourism, Lagos.
– Hon. (Princess) Surah Olayemi Animashaun
Supervisor for Environment & Tourism, Epe Local Government, Lagos.
– Hon. Apata Samson Nunayon
Supervisor for Environment & Tourism, Badagry Local Government, Lagos.
– Mr. Frank, Lagos Tourism.
– Miss Abigail Adesina Olagbaye
Ambassador, African Tourism Board.
– Mr. Aniekan Essienette
Group Manager, Marketing & Communications, Ibom Air.
– Mr. Olushola Medupin
Managing Director, Enish Resturant & Lounge, Dubai.
– Mrs. Senait Ataklet,
Traffic & Sales Manager, Ethiopian Airline.
– Mr. Kayode Adeshola
Vice President, National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA).
– Mr. Nasir M. Chamo,
National Auditor, NANTA.
– Mr. Andrew, Tourism Writer.
– Mr. Omololu Olumuyiwa,
President, ANJET/MD, Travelscope.
– All members of Naija7Wonders.
Appreciation to Ambassador #Ikechi Uko, MD/CEO Akwaaba African Travel Market & Publisher of the first Travel Magazine in West Africa TRAVELLERS for championing this course of tourism renaissance in Nigeria.
Thanks to all tour operators that accepted to sell Destination Badagry.
Thanks to our representative at the green chamber Hon. Babatunde Hunpe (MRH) for the host and all we deliberated on shall be visited for the good of our homeland. Welldone sir.
Congratulations to the good people of Badagry home & in diaspora,
Congratulations to Hon. Onilude Segun Adeniran, the Executive Chairman of the premier Local Government in Nigeria (Badagry) on this unbeatable success recorded during your administration.
Congratulations to our active Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu for leading by example and your readiness for economic recovery through tourism.
A true tourist destination is a city that’s significantly dependent on revenues from tourism with one or more tourist attractions, Badagry, a case study…..!
Mr. Governor sir,
let me quickly use this medium to appeal on behalf of the peace loving people of Badagry to kindly look in this direction as tourism is full of hidden IGR and the only industry with the largest employment opportunities if well harnessed.
Thanks in anticipation of your response and approval to this appeal as this will further strengthen the attention Badagry has just gotten over the week as Nigerian Top Tourism Destination and its no doubt complementing your efforts in making Lagos a preferred tourism hub in Nigeria.