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Senegal Unveils Giant, Un-Islamic Statue

From CNN:

Senegal unveils colossal statue amid criticism

April 3, 2010

(CNN) — Senegal on Saturday unveiled a colossal statue during a lavish ceremony amid reports of criticism over the monument’s construction at a time when the western African nation is struggling financially.

The 164-foot structure — about a foot taller than the Statue of Liberty — shows the figures of a man, a woman and a child, arms outstretched, facing the Atlantic Ocean.

President Abdoulaye Wade says the statue, which he designed, is a monument to Africa’s renaissance. Critics say the opulent copper structure is merely the product of the president’s own self-indulgent vision and poor governance.

And though it dominates the skyline of Senegal’s capital, Dakar, the monument falls far short of the president’s claim that it is the world’s largest. Several other statues are listed by multiple sources to be taller, including China’s Spring Temple Buddha, which stands just under 420 feet.

Opposition group Benno Siggil Senegal called on the Senegalese people to "refuse to associate themselves with a fraudulent scheme designed to satisfy the fantasies of Abdoulaye Wade and to lay the foundations of dynastic reign of Wade on our country," according to the African Press Agency.

A spokeswoman for the president sought to downplay criticism Saturday, saying the statue — valued at roughly $20 million — was made possible by a land deal between Wade and North Korea, and that proceeds from the monument will benefit Senegalese children.

The statue is "an affirmation to be proud of Africa — to be proud to be black," said spokeswoman Gia Abrassart.

Other dignitaries in attendance at Saturday’s ceremony, which coincided with the 50th anniversary of Senegal’s independence, echoed that message.

"This renaissance statue is a powerful idea from a powerful mind," said the Rev. Jesse Jackson in remarks to the crowd of hundreds waving flags at the foot of the lighted monument. "This is dedicated to the journey of our ancestors, enslaved but not slaves."

Malawi President Bingu Wa Mutharika praised Wade for constructing a monument that represents Africa.

"This monument does not belong to Senegal," he said. "It belongs to the African people wherever we are."

North Korea, which made the statue’s construction possible, also sent Wade a congratulatory message, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported.

In exchange for the money to build the statue, North Korea received a piece of Senegalese land, Abrassart said.

The message from top North Korean official Kim Yong Nam "expressed belief that the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries would grow stronger in various fields in the future, too," according to KCNA.

Which just goes to show that anytime, anywhere, ‘Soviet Realism’ never goes out of fashion.

As of course the most holy reverend Jesse Jackson would agree.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, April 4th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Senegal Unveils Giant, Un-Islamic Statue”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I submit that it is a muslim statue. The figure in the center has no head.

  2. canary says:

    Rusty, the missing head certainly gets its roots from Africa’s many tribes, like the headhunters and cannibals.

    The reverend Jesse Jackson has lost his mind. They don’t even have a name for the statue, and but he sure figured out a way to interpret it as a family being forced into slavery.

    It represents Africa willing to give their land away

    It appears of an African family trying to leave & escape the impoverished Africa.

    Africans would give anything to come and live in America.

  3. canary says:

    Someone tell Africa The Statue of Liberty monument is 305 feet in all. The base, the pedestal, & the statue. I recall taking an elevator 12 floors, then walking up to the crown, after passing the hollow part of her arm. I haven’t been in it since it was remodeled.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “This renaissance statue is a powerful idea from a powerful mind,” said the Rev. Jesse Jackson in remarks to the crowd of hundreds waving flags at the foot of the lighted monument. “This is dedicated to the journey of our ancestors, enslaved but not slaves.”

    This statement is an encapsulated view of Jesse Jackson’s warped and damaged view of the world. It exemplifies that his whole take on humanity in its entirety is about slavery; Who is, who isn’t, who was, who wasn’t. But even that is encapsulated solely by africans enslaved by whites.

    Oddly, the whole story is ignored by him and people like him; That being tribal leaders rounded up and “got rid of” their local enemies this way. Of course, he would respond that “were it not for white slavers, the other tribes wouldn’t have seen the opportunity to take advantage of it”. He will then ignore the brutal and vicious nature of tribal wars that have gone on for thousands of years in that region and continue to this day, every bit as brutal, every bit as vicious. Only the calendar has changed.

    But Jackson’s and Sharpton’s etc view of planet Earth ignores Egyptian slavery of Jews, Roman slavery of…well, just about everybody and the eventual persecution of Christians until they ultimately triumphed. I mean, think about it…the very term “Roman Catholic”. Two incredibly opposed entities bound together now.

    No, the likes of worms like Jackson who see the world through the lens of past oppression cannot ever move forward, evolve, or even find happiness. He is another who has discovered there’s money to be made by fueling hatred and anger, for, as any child knows, those two emotions are very close to the surface of the immature mind. They take education and REASON to eliminate and control.

    Jackson is none of this. Neither is obama, or even Pelosi for that matter. Whenever I contemplate the possibility if I ever had the opportunity to “have a chat” with any of them, I have to be realistic and say, “I’d leave the room, they disgust me as the poorest examples of humanity we have to offer.”

    Indeed, they are the very reason the United States is now becoming a laughing stock to the rest of the world. They’ve done a bang up job on making us the dysfunctional family everyone knows about in the neighborhood and makes fun of.

    Nice goin’

    • JohnMG says:

      If this statue was in Somalia you could say it was symbolic of the population welcoming their pirates home. The statues with heads represent the empty-headed pirates…..the statue without its head represents the empty-handed pirates, compliments of the SEALS.

      But since it is in Senegal, I understand why they erected it on top of a landfill…..the statue being representative of, and a crowning monument to a trash heap of a nation.

      Ironically appropriate. Jackson’s choice as one of the commemorative speakers was amusingly fitting.

    • canary says:

      Rusty, I agree, on how Jesse Jackson came to darn out wrong conclusion of what statue of a family. N. Korean gave it alot of Asian custom. Only sons are celebrated at birth. The Asian woman always walks behind the man. She is a servant.

      The headless man, is sticking his son way up there so his son can grab the shiny apple. The man is dragging his little wife, her arms & legs behind her.

  5. AcornsRNutz says:

    And a few years from now, will anyone be talking about how the evil Koreans stole land from these peaceful, friendly, earth loving simple folk for a stupid statue?

  6. Mithrandir says:

    “…..is a monument to Africa’s renaissance”

    Ah yes, is there a more poignant illustration of corrupt socialism that is rampant in Africa, than wasting money on Soviet-style monuments right on top of a landfill….

    And who better to help with un-necessary wastes of money, than the N. Koreans whose wonderful gov’t can’t even build a hotel inside of 20 years without massive fraud / waste /abuse.

    When will people learn!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryugyong_Hotel


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