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Badagry Heritage Museum, Kalakuta Museum…see 7 museums you can visit in Nigeria

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The International Museum Day is celebrated annually on May 18.

This day highlights the important role of museums in promoting cultural heritage, diversity, and inclusivity.

It also underscores the significance of building and preserving museums in society.

In honour of International Museum Day, BODEX BLOG highlights museums across Nigeria that serve as custodians of the country’s diverse cultural heritage.

Here are some museums in Nigeria you can visit to gain a glimpse into the country’s past, historical events, and artistic achievements.

Badagry Heritage Museum
The Badagry Heritage Museum is located in the ancient town of Badagry. Badagry was a major port during the transatlantic slave trade.

Badagry became the port for the slave trade at the time because of its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.

So, the slaves are transported through a major port known as Point of No Return.

The museum features exhibits on the history of Badagry, the slave trade, and the area’s culture.

Badagry Heritage Museum has nine galleries that contain artefacts, paintings, photographs, historical documents, and sculptures.

These detail the exportation of slaves across the ocean and its impact on the local community.

While at it, you can also visit the first building in Nigeria and see the first Bible translated into Yoruba as both are in Badagry.

Gidan Makama Museum
Gidan Makama Museum, located in Kano, is a historical and cultural museum housed in a 15th-century building.

The museum is partitioned into 11 galleries showcasing Kano’s rich history and culture.

It exhibits traditional arts, crafts, and historical artefacts.

It is particularly known for its displays of traditional Hausa architecture and cultural artefacts, offering a unique glimpse into the heritage of the Hausa people.

Jos Museum
The Jos Museum is one of the oldest in Nigeria. It was established in 1952 by Bernard Fagg, a British archaeologist.

It is renowned for its archaeological and ethnographic collections, including the famous Nok Terracottas.

The museum also features traditional Nigerian architecture and crafts, providing a comprehensive overview of the diverse cultures and histories of Nigeria’s Middle Belt region.

Esie Museum
Esie Museum is the first museum in Nigeria. It is located in Esie, Kwara State and was established in 1945.

The museum houses a collection of over 1,500 soapstone figures, which are believed to date back to the 12th century. These figures depict men, women, and animals in various postures and activities.

However, the origins of these soapstone figures remain a mystery, sparking interest and debate among historians and archaeologists.

Some suggest that the figures are human beings turned to stone by supernatural forces.

Others say the figures represent deities or ancestors worshipped by early inhabitants of the region.

Kalakuta Museum
The Kalakuta Museum is located in Ikeja, Lagos. It is dedicated to the life and legacy of Fela Kuti, the Afrobeat legend.

The museum is located in Fela’s former residence and offers a fascinating look into his life, music, and activism.

It features personal artefacts, photographs, and memorabilia, providing an intimate view of Fela’s impact on Nigerian culture and politics.

Owo Museum of Antiquities
Owo Museum of Antiquities is located in Owo, Ondo State.

It houses a unique collection of cultural artefacts from the Owo region and neighbouring areas. The museum is known for its terracotta sculptures, bronze works, and traditional Yoruba art.

The materials are arranged into three sections. They include early civilisation, archaeological excavations, and an exhibition gallery.

The museum is a historical link between the Ondo people, their past and their ancestors.

Slave History Museum
The museum is located in the city of Calabar.

Slave History Museum is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the history of the transatlantic slave trade.

The museum features exhibits on the slave trade routes, artefacts, and historical documents.

The museum is different from other slave museums because it goes a step further to include audio recordings.

Visitors can hear slaves being auctioned and sold off, the slaves working on plantations and some other scenes.

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Justin Timberlake’s lawyer talks tough over his arrest for drunk driving

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The legal representative of Justin Timberlake, on Wednesday, broke his silence following the singer’s arrest in the United States.

The ace singer was arrested by the police on Monday night at Sag Harbor, on the eastern end of Long Island, for allegedly driving under the influence (DUI).

Timberlake was arraigned on Tuesday and charged with one count of driving while intoxicated along with citations for failure to keep right and failure to stop at a stop sign.

He was, however, released without bail on Tuesday after being formally charged. He is scheduled to appear virtually in court on July 26.

According to TMZ, Edward Burke Jr, Timberlake’s lawyer, vowed that he would “vigorously” defend him against the allegations.

Burke added that he wants to see what prosecutors have on his client.

“[We] look forward to vigorously defending Mr. Timberlake against these allegations. He will have a lot to say at the appropriate time,” he said.

“He is currently awaiting full discovery from the DA’s office.”

Timberlake is on a tour to promote his latest album, ‘Everything I Thought It Was’.

The ‘Forget Tomorrow World Tour’ is scheduled to play host to Chicago’s United Center on June 21 and June 22, before heading to New York City’s Madison Square Garden on June 25 and June 26.

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Saida Boj finally apologizes to Nigerians for over N20 million claims from men (Video)

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Controversial social media influencer Sarah Idaji Ojone, popularly known as Saida Boj, has issued a public apology to Nigerians, addressing the controversial claims involving over getting N20 million from various men.

The influencer took to her Instagram page to express her remorse and clarify the situation, stating that she did not mean to miseducate people with her claims.

Saida Boj became viral online after revealing that she can sleep with any man who gives her N20 million weekly during Wazobia Nedu’s podcast ‘The Hunch Podcast’.

However, she acknowledged her mistakes and stated that she regretted her actions. In her words, “Good morning guys, I just came to say I’m sorry for the late podcast. Initially, I did not want to apologize because I did not do anything wrong. You guys should not get me wrong, I did not mean to say N20 million, but if you have camera all over your face, you won’t know when you will say some things”.

“It was suppose to come out from my mouth, I am here to apologize to the men, women, boys, girls. I am so sorry for the. Actually, I be wan say N19.8 million. N29 million for what, shey na me give am money to keep for me. I wanted to say N19.8 million, I am not that wicked”.

Watch the video below:

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‘I’m flyest man on earth’ — Wizkid brags

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Wizkid, the Grammy-winning Nigerian singer, has bragged about being the “flyest man on earth”.

Flyest refers to a person of great importance who knows how to handle money and is assertive in all aspects.

The ‘Superstar’ hitmaker boasted about his personality on Wednesday via his Instagram story.

“Flyest nigga on earth,” he wrote, without providing context to back his braggadocio.

The post was shared a few hours after the singer and Jada Pollock, his manager and baby mama, appeared at the Paris Fashion Week.

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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.

She has widespread experiences across different professions and skills, which includes experiences in; Marketing, Media, Broadcasting, Brand and Event Management, Administration and Management with prior stints at MTN, NAPIMS-NNPC, GLOBAL FLEET OIL AND GAS, LTV, Silverbird and a host of others

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