The bell of authority. The bell that tell the hour of service. The bell ringing is a traditon that still exist today. In all our primary and secondary schools including churches. Most especially those that were established as missionary schools.
Marina as it was then called is one of the points along the coaster region of this West African state called Nigeria where slaves were taken out on ships in a very harsh and deplorable condition. That is actually no news. Apart from the anchor that’s artistically errected here to signify the inhuman treatment, there are relics of slave trade activities such as chains, clamps and other metal objects used by the colonial slave traders who forced the natives to call them ‘master’. That mentality still persist till today. Whenever you hear people saying master, master. They are simply showcasing colonial menatality,(colo-mentality). The building behind the anchor actually housed those relics. The blog will be visiting the museum some other time. This place was where slaves captured from hinderland are ferried abroad. The Efik tribe lives by the coaster area. They were the people that received the missioneries. Their location gave them the priviledge of closeness to the new power and they eventually become the middlemen in slave trade activities. That was how they got prominent which is still being contested till date.
Because of its historical importance. The past government trasformed it to a leisure spot and that’s what it is till today. To save it from hoodlums who then used it as dead end for their nefarious activities. The top building was designed as ampi-theatre but now a standard indoor cinema and incidentally the only one in the city.
Other facilities include hotel, event hall, eatry and a ferry. A must visit for any tourist.
Apart from being a tourist destination, Calabar is known for monuments that has cultural, social and historical significance. A building that has monumental importance is Cultural Centre Complex, Calabar. It is the nerve centre of culture, social activities.
The edifice sitted on several acres of land majestically for years but change eventually came which might affect its prominence. A large portion of the land had been puchased by a business concern and the construction of a likely bigger structure is about to start. The land had been encamped and the contruction is about to start in earnest.
There is no clear cut indication of what would come up and how it would affect this historical monument.