The African Renaissance Monument in Senegal, larger that the Eiffel tower and the statue of liberty .. Things you don’t see in mainstream media.
This is beautiful.
I think this picture better illustrates the size of that monument.
I never even knew this existed this makes me so happy to find out about it
"Wade says the statue symbolizes the triumph of African liberation from centuries of ignorance, intolerance and racism, and he hopes it will rival the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower in Paris as a tourist destination.
"But his opponents argue that the colossal creation — built by North Koreans — says more about poor governance than African renaissance.
'People are so frustrated by this,' says opposition leader Abdoulaye Bathily.
'Bathily says the statue is the product of a power-drunk president. “The economy has collapsed. … The education system is in a crisis. The health system is in crisis. And yet Abdoulaye Wade is squandering public money,' Bathily says. “So all these things, people are seeing it, and it is creating so much frustration.'”
"When the monument was unveiled, Wade was nearing the end of a 12-year presidency marred by alleged corruption, vote rigging, and changing the constitution to suit his own ends. His claim that intellectual property laws entitled him to 35 percent of revenue from tourism at the monument was met with understandable ire from fed-up Senegalese—47 percent of whom live below the poverty line, according to the World Bank. The statue’s depiction of a near-naked man holding a woman with an exposed breast also caused consternation among the 92-percent-Muslim population.
"Despite the controversy, the monument still stands, surrounded by half-built houses and piles of litter. You can pay to go inside and take the elevator to the giant man’s head for a stunning view across Dakar. Just remember: 35 percent of your admission fee goes to Abdoulaye Wade."