Dr Julius Garvey, son of legendary Marcus Garvey has been given a new name by the Akran of Badagry. He is now called Ajigo of Badagry Kingdom which means in Yoruba language, the Child returns home.
This took place at the Palace of the Akran of Badagry as part of activities leading to the Grand Finale of the 4th Edition of the Badagry Door of Return Festival, in Badagry, Lagos State.
Dr Garvey who could not help expressing his excitement and joy of return, maintained that it is indeed a long awaited home- coming. He promised to remain connected and rooted with Badagry, Lagos and Nigeria as homeland.
Dr David Anderson of the United States of America who has been to Badagry for three consecutive times and with a revered title of Jogbo of Badagry Kingdom, and had been named Mautin, added that it is always refreshing and heartwarming coming home, his motherland, Badagry.
Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and Initiator of the Badagry Door Of Return, believes that if the event is well harvested, exploited and positioned, it will become one of the best tourism products in Nigeria, given its Diaspora content.
The 27 member historic African Diaspora team to the Badagry Door of Return Festival visited historical sites and monuments revealing the true perspectives of the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade. First point of call was the Seat of the British Canon donated to King Aholu Wawu of Badagry in 1843.
At the Lagos State Heritage Museum, it was a sad recollection of horrendous pictorial presentation of the evils of slavery.
The delegation was also at the Mobee Family Museum Relics, depicting the height of man inhumanity to man through the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade.
At the Seriki Williams Abbas Slave Museum, relics of Brazilian Baracoon of 1840 and Point of No Return, Gerefu-Badagry, were visible.
Day 2 of the Badagry Door of Return Festival ended with a heart rendering theatrical enactment of the boisterous African continent, blessed with rich flora and fiona, demonstrating the dastardly consequences of Slavery, the renaissance and renewed hope of the historic African Diaspora reconnecting with homeland, directed by Prof Sola Fosudo.