Aqia Tree


Places of Interest (West)

The Aqia tree in Badagry, Lagos is one of the popular tourist spots for locals and foreigners. The area around the Aqia Tree marked the spot where Christianity was first preached in Nigeria. The tree isn't there anymore. A monument has been placed to mark the spot. People are known to travel from far & near to pray at the spot. It has its own form of pilgrimage.

Reverend Thomas Birch Freeman, born to a Freed African Father and an English Mother, was the First missionary to preach on this spot in September 24, 1842. The First Christmas in Nigeria was also done at this historical spot.

The Aqia Tree was uprooted by a rain storm in 1959 and a monument was built to mark the spot where it grew. The Methodist Church in Nigeria plans to erect a Chapel at this spot and plans are on going towards making this a reality. A chapel will attract more people who will come to pay pilgrimage to where Christianity first began in Nigeria.

If you study architecture, you might notice a number of Brazilian styled houses opposite this historial spot. Notable is the Agrigbonwon's compound. Some of these houses were built by freed slaves who returned with skills, knowledge, experience in different trades. Some were builders, carpenters, ironsmith etc. These were employed by the people in Badagry to help build their family compounds.

You can see the Badagry Heritage Museum, Island of No Return(Point of no return), 1st story building in Nigeria and more.



President Zoglo street, Badagry, Lagos-State

View Larger Map
My Guide Book Now! Aqia Tree

My Lists

Create New Guide


Mini Guides

Login to create your guides for Nigeria.

Add to My Guide

Create New Guide



Recommended Experiences in Nigeria

500+ trusted car hire partners globally

Create & Share your own Guide to Nigeria with friends and family!

Add your recommended places to visit by browsing the website and pressing the icon.

Create your own guide of favourite 'must see' places

Earn your Local Expert badge by Sharing your guides with others

Get your guide seen by submitting it to the Mini Guides section


We Are Part of the My Guide Network!

My Guide Nigeria is part of the global My Guide Network of Online & Mobile travel guides.

We are now in 120+ Destinations and Growing. If you are interested in becoming a local travel partner and would like to find out more then click for more info about our Website Business Opportunity.

Nearby Destinations

Events in Nigeria

Filter Events by Sub-Category

Please select a Date first.

Search for a company in Nigeria