Tourist Activities in Dakar, Senegal

AFRICAN RENAISSANCE MONUMENT, Dakar (Senegal)

Unveiled in 2010 after 8 years of construction, the African Renaissance monument (tallest on the continent) is a towering piece of bronze that is intended to celebrate the achievements of the African people, especially in regards to emancipation from colonial grip and slavery.

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Tourist Activities in Dakar, Senegal

The monument is perched on a hill just outside Dakar and is the depiction of a man, woman and child emerging from a volcano. It overlooks the Atlantic ocean and points to the statue of liberty in New York.

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For an enjoyable visit, it’s best to wear comfortable shoes because of the amount of climbing and walking there is. It’s free to walk up to the statue but they’s a small fee for entering into it.

I have high reverence for the artists of Senegal and have always admired the works of musicians like Youssou N’Dour, writers of African liberation concepts like Cheikh Anta Diop among others. My trip served as proof that the people of Senegal are truly in touch with their culture as experienced through different forms of art. The statue, for example is the mastermind of Senegalese architect Pierre Goudiaby. It was however implemented by a South Korean company.

The must-visit monument contains cultural exhibitions, multimedia and conference rooms, shops, a nearby theatre, and a floor at the very top that allows visitors a bird’s eye view of the surrounding city and ocean. This made me quite reminiscent of Montmarte in Paris which also presented a magnificent view. What makes it even more interesting is the fact that the view at the top is witnessed from within the head of the man in the statue.

Tourist Activities in Dakar, Senegal
View of the city from the top.

Tourist Activities in Dakar, Senegal

Tourist Activities in Dakar, Senegal
Due to the weather in Dakar (quite hot and humide) and the fact that the population is 95% Muslim, the architecture borrows quite a lot from the Arabs.

There is a park in front of the monument where children rode their bicycles and skated, devoid of vehicular interference.

Tourist Activities in Dakar, Senegal
Photo taken at the park before the children all came out.

While the monument came with lots of controversy over consumption of 30 million US dollars, it deserves honour for its grandeur and symbolism of the rise of Africa.

Tourist Activities in Dakar, Senegal

Tourist Activities in Dakar, Senegal
An artists impression of the 4 presidents Senegal has had to date.

Tourist Activities in Dakar, Senegal

Monument of African renaissance
Artist’s impression of the different tribes of Senegal and a depiction of cloned ‘people of the future’ at the far end.
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Kenya’s gift to Senegal at the inauguration of the monument in 2010.
Monument of African renaissance
VIP room within the monument, where visiting presidents sit. Various gifts presented by different African states are displayed on the walls.

“This African who emerges from the volcano, facing the West, symbolizes that Africa which freed itself from several centuries of imprisonment in the abyssal depths of ignorance, intolerance and racism, to retrieve its place on this land, which belongs to all races, in light, air and freedom.” -Former Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade who commissioned the monument.

 

Until next time,
Happy traveling!



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6 thoughts on “AFRICAN RENAISSANCE MONUMENT, Dakar (Senegal)

  1. This is a good read @akenyannomad. It looks like a really beautiful place. I like the picture depicting the tribes. The museum looks like it got loads of history, rich history.

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