Vlekete market

Vlekete market, named after a local deity, is located in the heart of Badagry town at the western coast of Nigeria. Vlekete is the major and the most popular slave market in the region. The trade in humans was held in Vlekete every five days, with slaves been brought mostly from Oyo, Egba land, Egbado, Ijesha land, and other neighborhoods with chains on their necks.

Slaves were transferred from Vlekete to the Gberefun sea beach where they got aboard the merchant ship bound for Europe or America. About 10 million individuals were transported this way between 1725 and 1825.

Tope Apoola
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