Senegal, dakar. from newsoutofafrica
This is old news raising a continuous stink. The african renaissance statue commissioned by president Abdoulaye Wade turned in a bill just as staggering: US $27 million-dollars.
Apparently, the north koreans helped built it.
There’s no other way to put it, as the writer from news’africa says:
That kind of expenditure is just wrong when Senegal is in such a bad state [Senegal is at 166 out of 182 countries on the Human Development Index]. And it seems like a lot of people are pretty pissed:
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. [quote via NPR]
And if you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it does. The president thinks that he deserves 35 percent of revenues generated from any tourism that the monument attracts. OMFG.
Symbols can be magnificent, inspirational things (ask any wife fingering her wedding ring on a bad day).
But when they depart too far from reality, it just becomes a cruel farce.