First Storey Building in Nigeria – The Monument That has Stood the Test of time

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First Storey building in Nigeria

History of the First Storey Building in Nigeria

The history of the first storey building in Nigeria can be dated as far back as the days of the colonial rule. It was not just another structural building but a sign of goodwill, hope and strength. This building served as the pacesetter for the Christian religion, education, development, commerce, end to slavery, freedom and independence etc.

History of the First Storey Building in Nigeria

First Storey building in Nigeria

The official first storey building in Nigeria was built by Reverend Henry Townsend a missionary of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) in 1845. The building served as the official residence of St Anglican Church. The foundation was laid in 1842 and it was completed in 1845.

It is located in the coastal town of Badagry. A city that shares a border with the Benin Republic, another country within the coast of West Africa. The house comprises of two sitting rooms, 6 bedrooms, four stores and a safe.

This house has accommodated some of the greatest missionaries and prominent people in the Nigerian history. It accommodated the first preachers of the gospel in Nigeria, also Samuel Ajayi Crowther , the man that translated the English Bible to Yoruba in 1845 and also the first Primary School teacher in Nigeria Mr Claudius Philips amongst others. .

some building materials from the First Storey building in Nigeria

Best Time to Visit the first storey building

This place is usually quiet but if you go on peak periods where students are on an excursion or during festive periods, it usually gets populated.

Also Read: Other Things to Do in Badagry

Opening And Closing Time

The Building opens by 8am and closes at 6pm

Things to do at the first storey building

1. Have a picnic with family and friends

2. Get to see a copy of the translated Yoruba bible which is over 170 years old and the English Bible from which it was translated.

3. Fetch water from the miracle well that has been in existence since 1842

4. Learn about the history of Christianity in Nigeria

5. Visit the Agia monument where Christianity was first preached in Nigeria.

6. See the rooms where the first missionaries in Nigeria lived.

7. See the room of the first teacher in Nigeria Mr Claudius Philips

The original translated Bible Inside First Storey building in Nigeria

Location of the First Storey Building in Nigeria

Marina Road, Badagry

The first storey building in Nigeria is located at the marina water front in Badagry.

How to Get to the first Storey Building in Badagry

If you are coming from the Lagos Island or mainland or outside Lagos, firstly, you need to get to Badagry roundabout and turn left, once you make the left turn towards Joseph Dosu, drive towards the end of the road where you’d see another round about , the fisherman’s statue, take another left turn and locate Mobee Street, Off Mobee street is Marina Road, Badagry

Other Tourist attractions close to First Storey building

  • Mobee Museum
  • Brazillian Baracoon
  • Slave Trade Port
  • Point of No return
  • Whispering Palms

After visiting this historic site which is being run by the Anglican Church of Nigeria. I felt a little bit of history. Learning about the beauty of this ancient building that has stood the test of time. However, if you are visiting the first storey building in Nigeria do not hesitate to share your experience.

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