It's been 176 years since the first storey building in Nigeria was erected but it's still standing strong and continues to attract loads of tourists.
It was in 1842 that the foundation of the first storey building in Nigeria was laid by Reverend Henry Townsend of the Church Missionary Society (C.M.S) on the Marina waterfront in Badagry, Lagos, Nigeria. Three years later, in 1945, some other missionaries finished building what stands today as a significant relic of Nigerian history.
The building was the cradle of western Education in Nigeria. It was the site of the first school in Nigeria. The structure was occupied by Samuel Ajayi Crowther, the first African C.M.S Bishop when he undertook the translation of the Holy Bible from English to Yoruba. History also has it that it was a place where returnee slaves lodged. Samuel Ajayi Crowther, a returnee slave lived in one of the rooms of the building.
Containing six big rooms, two big sitting rooms, four stores, and a safe for precious items. It is recorded that the famous property also housed the room of the first teacher in Nigeria, Claudius Philips. Philips who wore a black shirt, suit and a white trouser in a portrait which adorned the wall, lived in the room for 23 years, from 1845 to 1868.
In one of the two rooms on the upper floor of the building, there lay a glass case containing the English and Yoruba version of the Bible translated by Ajayi Crowther. It was said that the English Bible is 178 years old while the Yoruba version is 175 years.
There is also a well in the compound of the historical building which was dug in 1842. Accounts said the well served as a source of drinking water for some people in the community.
The building holds historical values to Christians in Nigeria. It attracts about 2000 visitors every year.
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