The Anchor of Last Slave Ship recently excavated at Badagry Lagoon Front

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Upon the beach sands of the old slave port at Badagry, southwest Nigeria, lie a small field of rock cobbles which were use used to mark the area where an old anchor was found buried. According to our  tour guide, Mr. Anago who took us on a tour of Badagry, “the buried anchor was discovered by a team of foreign archeologists who believe that the anchor belongs to the last slave ship that berthed on the beach of the lagoon slave port”.

It was also said that the government is planning to build a small museum for the anchor at the exact spot at which it was found, and until the museum is completed, the anchor will be left in the sand in order to keep it safe. It is also believed that the discovery of the anchor as well as the building of its museum will further enhance the touristic allure of Badagry as an historical destination in West Africa.

See pictures of the excavation site below:

Naijatreks_badagry9z9h – Old Slave Port, Badagry

Naijatreks_anchor badagry6 – Entrance to the Old slave Port (Opening to the beach on the other side of the road)


Naijatreks_anchor badagry3– One of the edges of the excavation area, marked by a beautifully carved wooden mask.


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Naijatreks_anchor badagry5 – Beautiful lagoon at the Old Slave Port, Badagry

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This article was written by Folarin Kolawole

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teeplexy221@gmail.com' Segun PlexyJune 27, 2014 at 8:10 pmReply

Ehenn…in Badagry? That’s nice. I am sure there are many more artefacts ti discover in that place.

ooloritoni@yahoo.com' Olori ToniJune 27, 2014 at 8:20 pmReply

Interesting. So the stuff has been buried there all these years. I think they should do the chemical dating of the anchor before claiming it belongs to the last slave ship.