Africa: Badagry to explore tourism for growth as it host Diaspora Festival 2019


Badagry Local Government under the leadership of Hon. Onilude Segun Adeniran’s vision in the area of tourism is to turn it into a very viable one.

The Tourism Sector is classified as the largest employer of labour if properly harnessed.
And this is why the Onilude led administration has begun proper arrangement in leveraging the Diaspora opportunities for tourism growth in the ancient Badagry.

In the last six (6) days, Badagry Local Government did everything possible to ensure a huge success of the 2019 edition of the Diaspora Festival in Badagry as directed by the Executive Chairman, Hon. Onilude Segun Adeniran.

The festival objective just like PANAFEST, is woven around the historic Diaspora whose forebears were victims of the obnoxious Slave Trade and majority of who are perpetual nostalgia to reconnect with the primordial homeland – Africa.

Back to record, Badagry served as the major Slave market and a transit point during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in Africa.

Diaspora is the largest Asset Africa has outside Africa and Badagry must lead the way in tapping into the resources. It was on this background that African Renaissance Foundation in collaboration with Nigerian Diaspora Commission under the care of Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa with the support of Lagos State Government initiated Door of Return Ceremony as part of activities of the Diaspora Festival 2019 with the theme: “A Pilgrimage To The Motherland “.

The event started on Monday 14th to Saturday 19th October, 2019 with various cultural activities but the highpoint of it all were Conferment of Chieftaincy Titles & Adoption of African (Ogu) Names that took place at the palace of His Majesty, De Aholu Menu-Toyi 1, OFR, LLD, JP, the Akran of Badagry Kingdom and Serious Economic discussions between the Executive Chairman of Badagry Local Government, Hon Onilude Segun Adeniran on how their return to the motherland (Badagry) can be more symbolic beyond paparazzi. The economic forum briefly took place at Fams Embassy Hotel & Suites before moving to the venue of the grand finale.
Those at the Economic discussion include: Chief Timothy McPherson, Minister of Finance, Maroons, Jamaica; Rev. (Chief) Dr. David Anderson, leader Diaspora Delegation; Mr. Rabbi Kohain Holevi, Executive Director of PANAFEST Foundation, Ghana; Hon. Abike Dabiri, CEO, Nigerian Diaspora Commission and so many others.

The leader of the Diaspora delegation, appreciated the Executive Chairman for taking out time to receive them despite his tight schedule. He promised to make all their discussions achievable here in Badagry.
According to the Founder of Bridge Leader Network (BLN) a Diversity Consulting Firm who also double as the Diaspora team leader, Chief David Anderson to facilitate a multimillion Dollar Diasporan Royal Palace and Resort in Badagry.

In the same vein, the Jamaican Minister of Finance, Chief Timothy (Whenayon) McPherson also vowed to throw his weight behind all Projects set for the growth of the Ancient Badagry by the Diaspora Group.

In his response, the Executive Chairman Badagry Local Government, Hon. Onilude Segun Adeniran also appreciated the team and assured them of enabling environment by his Government to make their working relationship that has just been created more impactful.

Another great event of the day was the public presentation and launching of the album titled: Wegbe Yon! (Home is Good) by the Badagry finest Saxophonist, Apata Moses Mautin, known as Daddysax and his tradojazz thrilled the audience with his percussions.

By Hon. Apata Samson Nunayon



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