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The tallest statue in Africa: the African Renaissance Monument in Senegal (PHOTOS)

Written on:October 25, 2016
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“The African Renaissance Monument (French: Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine) is a 49 meter tall bronze statue located on top of one of the twin hills known as Collines des Mamelles, outside Dakar, Senegal. Built overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the Ouakam suburb, the statue was designed by the Senegalese architect Pierre Goudiaby after an idea presented by president Abdoulaye Wade and built by Mansudae Overseas Projects, a company from North Korea. Site preparation on top of the 100-meter high hill began in 2006, and construction of the bronze statue began 3 April 2008. Originally scheduled for completion in December 2009, delays stretched into early 2010, and the formal dedication occurred on 4 April 2010, Senegal’s “National Day”, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence from France.”

 

 It is the tallest statue in Africa

The Senegalese government spent over $27 million despite a country-wide economic crisis.

the statue received a great deal of criticism due to the fact that it used very few African labor.

Despite claims to the contrary, it was built by a North Korean construction firm.

 

The design itself has also come under fire for its startlingly sexist overtones given the ripped male figure seemingly rescuing a damsel whose single breast has been revealed in the swoon.

Wade ambitious project is expected to bring in much tourism dollars

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