Diaspora Festival Badagry

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 - 9:00am to Friday, 25 August 2017 - 5:00pm
Where: 
Nigeria, Lagos
Type of Event: 
Event under UNESCO Patronage
Contact: 
Hugue Charnie, hc.ngandeu-ngatta@unesco.org ; Kamil Olufowobi, kamil@mipad.org

The "Diaspora Festival Badagry - Voyage to Heritage" commemorates the era of slavery and the slave trade, to highlight the diversity of African cultures and the fruitful cultural interactions sparked by history in the diaspora, in Lagos, Nigeria, from 23 to 25 August 2017.

The Festivalis set to come to a spectacular highlight this year, as it will feature a very symbolic and emotional ceremony tagged, ‘Door of Return ceremony’. This event is very significant because for the first time, a door of return is opened for the Diasporans whose ancestors were historically taken away as slaves, through the point of no return in Badagry several years ago.

The festival will be a 3-days event organized jointly by the African Renaissance Foundation, Agile Communications Limited in partnership with the Lagos State Government and the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, and MIPAD.

The event will take place from 23 to 25 August, preceded by a roll out of promotional activities introducing the lineup of events which include: Carnival Procession, Boat Regatta, Fishing competition, Dark Era Procession, Diaspora Dinner, Beauty Pageant, Fashion Show, Cultural displays, Heritage Visits, Heritage Night, The Festival Market, International Music Concert, and other fun and exciting activities.

This festival presents a unique opportunity for Diasporans and locals to revel our common history in a remarkable setting. It is organized under UNESCO's patronage.