In the Mamelles district of Dakar, Senegal, lies an incredible and magnificent edifice. This tallest statue in Africa is known as ‘African Renaissance Monument’.
The monument depicts the sculpture of man, woman and child. It seen as a symbol of defiance and Senegal’s future prosperity.
Shockingly, before the construction of this edifice, it was widely criticized both before and after its construction due to the enormous funds used in the process.
The main entrance to the ‘monument de la renaissance africaine’ has a huge flight of stairs. There are over 200 steps to reach the monument base, making it a terribly difficult and exhilarating to climb. Hence, resilience and courage is needed to get to the top.
At the premises of the monument, there are beautiful Senegalese craft stores and also some neat graffiti of murals found on walls at the parking lot.
The Senegalese monument project began in 2006 and was completed in 2010, when former president Abdoulaye Wade began planning a massive hilltop monument that would represent Senegal — and perhaps Africa’s freedom from centuries of slavery and colonialism.
According to records, the African Renaissance Monument is taller than both the Statue of Liberty and Christ the Redeemer.
This statue is situated atop a 100-metre-high hill dominating Dakar’s skyline.
The monument was built by Mansudae Overseas Projects, a North Korean state-owned construction company.
The statue shows a giant shirtless man holding a naked baby while guiding forth a scantily clad lady.
It said that this statue depicts a man holding an infant aloft in one arm and guiding a woman with the other. The infant pointing ahead indicates the nation’s glorious future, while the woman extending her arm behind shows she’s trying to acknowledge the nation’s troubled past.
The African Renaissance Monument was unveiled to commemorate Senegal’s 50 years of independence from France.
The view from the top is magnificent. One can see directly and visibly from the top the city of is Dakar, this magnificent view spreads out to the horizon. The airport is to the east, while Dakar itself stretches to the south
The giant structure has continued to bring a great deal of revenue to the country tourist and nationals.
A-giant like structure in Nigeria which is perhaps the tallest statue in Nigeria is the Queen Moremi Statue of Liberty, it was erected in 2016 by Oba Ogunwusi in the Ife palace. The 42 feet statue is the fourth tallest statue in Africa
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