2021-07-17

African Renaissance Monument

The African Renaissance monument, erected on a monolithic stone on the highest peak in Senegal's capital Dakar, symbolizes solidarity and the bright future of African countries after the European colonial period. Designed by Pierre Goudiaby, the monument stands 171 ft high. Sculptures, paintings, and objects, which reflect the cultural structure of Senegal as well as the brotherhood, are exhibited in the museum. The Senegal monument is the tallest bronze Dakar Senegal Statue in Africa and rises to face the Atlantic Ocean. 

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Renaissance statue — On April 3, 2010, the third president of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade, inaugurated the monument (senegal monument de la renaissance) commemorating the 50th anniversary of the country's independence from France, with the participation of 15 presidents of African countries. The 52-meter-long monument, which weighs 7,000 tons, was built by the famous architect Pierre Gudabi at the request of President Wade to explain the liberation of Africa, particularly Senegal, from the yoke of Western countries.

African renaissance — Made by North Korean company Mansudae Overseas Projects, the renaissance monument Dakar is made up of an African family, with a father holding his baby on his shoulders, who with one hand points to the bright future of the continent, and grab his wife from another hand, wife gazing at her husband's steely intentions. To forget the colonial history of the African continent and that is determinedly oriented towards the North-West, a prefect monument of African renaissance.  The 15-storey monument that symbolizes Africa emerged from the ashes of Western exploitation and the solidarity of the African nation, at the same time it exhibits sculptures, paintings, and objects that reflect Senegal's cultural structure as well as brotherhood. The statue Dakar is one of the most famous African statues.

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Dakar statue  on the highest peak in Senegal's capital Dakar


To get to the monument you have to climb 198 stairs, there it is written: “Young African, think of those who sacrificed their freedoms and lives if you are cold when climbing this monument!”. Every day, tourists from different parts of the world come to visit this great sculpture.

African statue Senegal — From the 15th floor, visitors can observe Dakar, surrounded by the ocean on three sides, in a panoramic view. On the lower floors of the african renaissance monument Senegal, will find a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian Independence Movement, and also watch movies about Senegal's western colonial period.

At the African resistance monument, the phrases of Martin Luther King and Barack Obama, "I have a dream" and "Yes we can do it", along with their portraits and those of Senegalese presidents, as well as a painting that represents the slave house on the island of Goree.

Statue in Africa, which was designed as a cultural center especially for the younger generation of Africans, was built to last at least 12 centuries. On the other hand, the African renaissance statue, in which the woman is represented half-n@ked, was criticized by a segment of society for not reflecting Islamic values. In addition, during its construction it received great criticism for its cost of 27 million dollars since half of the population lives under the poverty line in the country.

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