The African Renaissance Monument ( Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine) is a 49 metres tall statue on one of the twin hills of Collines des Mamelles outside of Dakar in Senegal. It was designed by a Senegalese arhitect named Pierre Goudiaby, who was presented the idea by the president Abdoulaye Wade and it was built by the Mansudae Overseas Project company from North Korea. The inital preparations for construction on top of the 100m hill began in 2006, but the construction began on April 3rd 2008. It was supposed to be finished by 2009, but the delays lasted until 2010. The formal dedication was on April 4th , Senegal’s “National Day”, commemorating the 50th anniversary of independence from France. This is also the tallest statue in Africa.
The monument is made of 3-cm thick metal sheets, showing a family on a mountaintop: a full-length statue of a young woman and a man, who is holding a baby aloft on his raised left arm and the child is pointing west towards the sea. President Wade said the folllowing about the monument: “It brings to life our common destiny. Africa has arrived in the 21st century standing tall and more ready than ever to take its destiny into its hands.”
Visiting Senegal from The Gambia became easier as the Senegalese government abolished visa fees for individuals from almost all countries of the world. This new development commenced from 1st May, 2015.
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