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Comment by Linda Walker on August 7, 2012 at 12:10am

wow.

Comment by R. C. BECKOM on January 1, 2012 at 5:43pm

this is a sight to behold

Comment by Arnold L. Johnson on October 20, 2011 at 11:59am
OOh, sister, your eyes are ooppeenn! The emperor is butt naked!
Comment by Sarah M. on October 20, 2011 at 10:18am

As an artist, I don't like it. The pose is akward and the position of the woman.... Well, she's just there, as if she's just being swept along by the man in it. She has no active role. That's not very inspirational to me as a woman.

 

Also, in a country where 50% of the population is unemployed, over $20 million in public funds were diverted for this project and most of that went to a N. Korean firm? Are you trying to tell me that there were no Africans capable of constructing it? Really? ( a side note to Minister Faust: The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French to us. This statue wasn't.) This statue feels more like Senegal's President's attempt at immortality... or a tourist trap.

Comment by Yo Jeff on October 20, 2011 at 4:44am
Well I like it and I wish we could see more of African's great structures.  Another thing it that it points towards us here in the US and at the dedication Africans in a America were stronly mentioned.
Comment by Arnold L. Johnson on October 19, 2011 at 12:56pm

The true story of the American Statue of Liberty has nothing to do with American (Euro) immigrants, it fell to it's present acceptance after a number of mishandled events and racial mindsets of it's time. You African bros have had your share of European influence and meddling which is why there is a Diaspora in the first place. I would resist the pride slinging, no matter how far down the Euro-brick road, we came out of you. So in your African "Renaissance" (the Euro name that screwed us historically), you would do well as you remember your roots to also remember the seeds carried out of Africa by boat and planted abroad, even globally. Our speech, mannerism, culture, languages may by not be according to your purity, but a little water, distance and time did not alter the seed. So, in this African Renaissance, you all must reconsider the seeds abroad also, not just African trees on African soil. Ok nationality and genetics are not kissing cousins in our case, but we got to get over our mutual stigmas. We got to be more tender to each other, less critical, despising, and suspicious. I would have carried a box of African dirt over here, they didn't allow carry on luggage.

 

Senegal's statue is pretty awesome, I would like to know the story behind the inspiration and design more than who did the work.

 

We are pushing to tell our own story. The ancient Hebrews (also our people) were under a covenant not to make graven images of God (Yahuwah) or of things created by God including themselves. Nations not under the covenant had no such restriction. Thus much of our history is recorded and preserved by others in their histories. Too bad their spin colors us slightly or altogether misleadingly, we just have make note and set the records straight.

 

Awesome statue!

 

Now looking at brown to black diversely and diasporally, to see this 

Comment by Minister Faust on October 19, 2011 at 11:07am
Thank you for presenting Senegal's extraordinary statue for the African Renaissance. Please don't call it by the America-centric name "Statue of Liberty"--the Senegalese piece does not exist in relation to the USA and doesn't need to be, and is glorious on its own terms.

As far as the comment by Whiyayul and Diop, it's true that North Koreans built the statue. It's also true that the American statue is French-built (and based on a continental European personification of liberty), and that Europe's plazas and palaces are decorated with Egyptian and Ethiopian obelisks, and that Europe's museums are filled with our treasures.

Yes, it would have been far better for an African firm to have designed and built the statue. Nonetheless, this titanic construction will inspire Senegalese and other Africans across the globe for centuries, if not millennia. It will certainly be a tourist attraction, which will help repay its construction costs; it may even become a pilgrimage point.
Comment by Whiyayul & Diop Malvi on October 19, 2011 at 9:20am
The crooks in power in Senegal( Senegambia) asked and got the crook running North Korea to send a crew of sculptors over. It ain't local made!  Locals now are to feel revolutionarily inspired, while the corrupt bastards and soggy brain dictators continue to use their nation as they the thieves see fit.  A waste of resources, that seems in line with that replica of the Vatican a longtime misruling Catholic dictator had built in another country that is predominantly Islamic, no less!
Comment by Upesi Mtambuzi on October 19, 2011 at 12:05am
wowwowwow!  what is the descriptor for it? and the backstory? (besides the obvious one)
Comment by william landis on October 18, 2011 at 10:48pm
escuse my french but this is freakin awesome

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