The Lagos State Government has declared open the Velekete Slave Market in Badagry to the public as a major tourist site.
The Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, representing the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, officially declared it open to the public in Badagry on Tuesday, 23rd August 2022.
This is coming eight months after the Lagos State Government had promised to remodel the museum.
A Former Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Solomon Bonu also thanked the Governor for the completion of the site.
Recall that Bonu, had in December 2021 said the remodelled Vlekete Slave Market museum would soon be opened for use by members of the public.
The Velekete Slave Market was established in 1502 and named after the Velekete deity, the goddess of the ocean and wind.
It was the largest and most populous slave market on the slave coast of West Africa.
Also a British explorer, Richard Lander, was given a public trial at the Vlekete Shrine in the market on the allegation by the Portuguese merchants that he was a British spy in 1885.
The market was significant during the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade in Badagry, as it served as a business point where African middlemen sold slaves to European slave merchants, thus making it one of the most populous slave markets in West Africa.