Rare photo of what Christmas celebration looked like in Badagry in 1923 during slave trade

Rare photo of what Christmas celebration looked like in Badagry in 1923 during slave trade

The history of Africa cannot be told without the inclusion of slave trade and the effect it had on the continent.

On December 25 most Christians celebrated the birth of Christ which is called Christmas. However, several decades ago, some people were not opportune to enjoy the day.

Legit.ng has gathered a photo of some people who were reportedly slaves alongside their masters in Badagry on Christmas day in 1923.

In the picture, some people who appeared to be white slave masters were comfortably seated as they were surrounded by slaves who had "1923 Badagry Merry Xmas" painted on their bodies. See the photo below:

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As expected, the photo rubbed a number of people the wrong way seeing as it illustrated the inhumane things some people suffered during the slave era. They took to their handles to share their opinions. Some believed the photo is racist while others are of the opinion that the photo is fake and was put together by mischievous people.

See some reactions below:

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According to reports, slavery started in the 15th century after Europeans decided to explore Africa's hinterland. The first explorers were the Portuguese, the British and the French. They initially traded in raw materials and foodstuffs but they eventually started to capture and export humans.

These slaves were gotten from some African rulers, kidnappers or warriors. Initially, only prisoners of war were sold off as slaves but the high demand for them by Europeans led to the capture of even free folks.

Despite the fact that slavery officially ended several years ago, it is still not totally over.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that American rapper, Kanye West, explained that slavery in Africa was a choice.

According to him, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years … for 400 years? That sounds like a choice. We’re mentally imprisoned.”

The star later apologised for his comment after he faced a lot of heat.

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