This Guy Shares His Depressing Experience After Visiting The Slavery Museum In Lagos

January 19, 2016
Kay Sesan, an activist and freelance journalist, in a series of tweets shared his experience from his visit to the Badagry Heritage Museum.

Read his story:

I held these chains for less than 1 minute. I’m not a weak man & they were heavy. Africans had them on for 6 months. pic.twitter.com/S0UXuEpTMC

— Lamo’s Adjutant (@kay_sesen) January 13, 2016

Pregnant Africans, the moment they gave birth, their babies were also put into chains just to further traumatise.. pic.twitter.com/yJxaRFhVvp

— Lamo’s Adjutant (@kay_sesen) January 13, 2016

Poor quality photo but one with my cousin in a foot chain. This was how you’d move for months. It cut my ankle. pic.twitter.com/1E3GX3nUpA

— Lamo’s Adjutant (@kay_sesen) January 13, 2016

@kay_sesen This device was used for the branding of slaves & also backed up as a tool for breaking bones in feet.. pic.twitter.com/RermBpXLBO

— Lamo’s Adjutant (@kay_sesen) January 13, 2016

At the foot of the chains, you can’t see it so well, are small cannons. 1 cannon = A minimum 100 Africans pic.twitter.com/xNpaYatqDe

— Lamo’s Adjutant (@kay_sesen) January 13, 2016

Better photo of the cannons that were used as bargaining chips for the people. War has always been big business.. pic.twitter.com/Owh49yItnN

— Lamo’s Adjutant (@kay_sesen) January 13, 2016

“Slaves water bowl” They had to put their heads in as their hands were tied. Edges deliberately sharp to cut them & pic.twitter.com/FUsUFx1dvX

— Lamo’s Adjutant (@kay_sesen) January 13, 2016

reduce the amount of water consumed. Even now hundreds of years on its still visible.

— Lamo’s Adjutant (@kay_sesen) January 13, 2016

On the slavery tour I was taken on the final “walk of no return” behind here stood the remnants of a disused well pic.twitter.com/mu5defYaTE

— Lamo’s Adjutant (@kay_sesen) January 13, 2016

pic.twitter.com/jwmJSlb3md

— Lamo’s Adjutant (@kay_sesen) January 13, 2016

pic.twitter.com/0ZngYEBDv6

— Lamo’s Adjutant (@kay_sesen) January 13, 2016

At this point – I just wept. English, French, US, Dutch are just a few of the nations that had major companies here. pic.twitter.com/Tn3BsImCeS

— Lamo’s Adjutant (@kay_sesen) January 13, 2016

I didn’t know this was taken at the time. Saying a prayer for the ancestors at the shore in Badagry. pic.twitter.com/aiwciETv2v

— Lamo’s Adjutant (@kay_sesen) January 13, 2016

Ive been to slavery museums in the UK, Caribbean, Central America & North/West Africa. The UK’s is by far the most sanitised of all.

— Lamo’s Adjutant (@kay_sesen) January 13, 2016

At times i was too emotional to take photos, at one point I just had to sit. A true house of horrors. Because that’s exactly what it was.

— Lamo’s Adjutant (@kay_sesen) January 13, 2016

There’s been a historic injustice committed against the descendants of enslaved Africans across the diaspora. A trauma not fully recognised

— Lamo’s Adjutant (@kay_sesen) January 13, 2016

Theory of Epigenetic inheritance is no longer dismissed. Trauma can pass genetically. Remember this when considering the impact of slavery.

— Lamo’s Adjutant (@kay_sesen) January 13, 2016

*Small aside* 1st Church established in what’s now Nigeria was founded in Badagry. By the same people who considered Africans a commodity.

— Lamo’s Adjutant (@kay_sesen) January 13, 2016

Following on from that the 1st (western education) primary school in Nigeria was established by subsequent western Christian missionaries.

— Lamo’s Adjutant (@kay_sesen) January 13, 2016

The techniques used to subjugate enslaved Africans….I don’t think it’s appropriate to share here. All I’ll say is reparations must happen

— Lamo’s Adjutant (@kay_sesen) January 13, 2016

Kay’s experience makes you reflect on how the passage of time dulls the memory of the pain and injustices that Africans faced in slavery times.

[zkk_poll post=16442 poll=content_block_standard_format_22] Featured image via Ajaykmishra.

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

You'll like this

May 16, 2018

I was on the brink of giving up. Okay, let’s rewind a bit. I have always wanted to venture into farming, maybe it’s because I believe there is so much potential in the business. But every attempt at getting started and keeping up with it has been a serious pain. Who did I offend? First, […]

Watch

Now on Zikoko

Recommended Quizzes

November 20, 2019

Last month, we thoughtfully made a quiz telling you guys exactly when you’ll marry, but some of you claimed that your spouse was nowhere to be found. Well, now we’ve created one that’ll tell you exactly who you’ll be dragging down that aisle. Take and start planning that wedding: 11 Quizzes For Nigerians Who Are […]

November 19, 2019

Regardless of what society has tried to tell us, enjoying sex is not something to be ashamed of. So, in a bid to celebrate our generation’s sexual agency, we’ve created a quiz that will accurately (again, keep your complaints to yourself) infer how many people you’ve spelt with. Try it out: 11 Quizzes For The […]

November 28, 2019

There are so many talented and stunning Nollywood actors that make it hard not to fall in love with them. So, while we all know the likelihood of us ending up with any of them is super low, it’s still fun to imagine a world where we actually stood a chance, and that’s why this […]

More from Gist

April 20, 2021

Feel like you’ve run out of interesting places to hangout or visit? We’ve got you. Iba Ajie is a new spot we highly recommend if you are looking to explore places in the Eastern part of Nigeria. If you’re wondering what makes this spot special, here are 5 reasons. 1. There is a Chophouse Yes, […]

August 11, 2020

Remember the Nigerian boy who was seen doing ballet pirouettes barefoot and in the rain, in that viral video? Well, he’s been offered a scholarship by the prestigious American Ballet Theater. With the help of American actresses Viola Davis and Cynthia Erivo, the video garnered 15 million views, ultimately leading to Anthony Madu being offered […]

December 19, 2019

Nigeria is a shitty place for those who live here, many seek an escape route. But, amid the insecurities, bad economy, and the uncaring government, some things happened this year that make us feel thankful. Yeah, we know, hard to believe right? Yet we need to end the year on a positive note, so here are some […]

November 18, 2019

Nigerians are yet to come to terms with the fact that cats can be pets but now have to deal with the fact that someone thinks a lion is tame enough to have as a security guard. Reports now confirm that a two-year-old lion was discovered in a residential building in the Victoria Island area […]

November 4, 2019

The 8th edition of the popular beach soccer tournament, Copa Lagos held throughout the weekend at Eko Atlantic, VI. It had us loving the opportunity to immerse ourselves in enjoyment. You should know by now that we can’t pass up a chance to get the ultimate weekend experience. And you know the fun part? We […]

October 21, 2019

In case you went under the rock this weekend then you MISSED. There was a lot of excitement for our Nigerian superstar musicians and the spotlight was on them, big time. From the much anticipated Headies award, to the birth of Davido’s son, Naira Marley’s legwork and his subtle shade at the organizers of the […]

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

December 14, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
November 2, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
October 26, 2020
A collection of videos documenting some of the events of the EndSARS protests.
June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
March 12, 2020
Life is already hard. Deciding where to eat and get the best lifestyle experiences, isn't something you should stress about. Let VRSUS do that for you.

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.
X