Diaspora Festival Badagry


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.


Type of Event Event under UNESCO Patronage
Start 23.08.2017 07:00 local time
End 25.08.2017 15:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Ngandeu Ngatta, Hugue Charnie
Organizer African Rennaissance Foundation
Contact Hugue Charnie, hc.ngandeu-ngatta@unesco.org ; Kamil Olufowobi, kamil@mipad.org
Country Nigeria
City Lagos
Venue Ancient Tourist Town of Badagry
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants
Official Website
Link 1 More on the Festival
Link 2 Slave Route Project
Link 3 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
Link 4