When foreign tourists visit Nigeria, they are often taken to Badagry where, among slave-trade artefacts and other attractions, beaming tour guides proudly showcase to them the so-called
''FIRST STOREY BUILDING IN NIGERIA''
According to Nigerianwiki:
''The ancient history laden structure was erected by the Reverend Henry Townsend of the church missionary society CMS in 1845.The edifice which later served as Vicarage for saint Thomas Anglican church, Badagry was also used by Samuel Ajayi Crowther, the first African C.M.S Bishop when he undertook the translation of the Holy Bible from English to Yoruba, ''
''Originally built of coconut fibers and located on an area of 1,144 square feet, the more than a century and half old monument was recently given a face lift to further preserve it for generations yet unborn.The building is located along the Marina in Badagry.''
''It being the actual first two floor building is however disputed, as it is argued that the Hausas in Northern Nigeria had built storey buildings before this building was erected, ''
When will our colonised compatriots realise the insult handed to them by the British in this baseless claim??
JUST FOR THE RECORD:
The first storey building in Nigeria would have looked like THIS:
Or like THIS:
Or like THIS:
Or Like THIS:
Buildings like these have adorned the Nigerian sahelian landscape for at least 1,200 years, which comes up to roughly 900 years before there was a nation known as Britain.
Now, instead of ''renovating'' the British ''first storey building'', and making highly provocative claims about some white man being the ''first teacher in Nigeria'', why don't they simply SCRAP the whole silly idea of identifying the ''first whatever'' in a land as ancient as Nigeria, and quit these egregious insults to our collective??