With several African dignatories looking on, Senegalese Preisdent Abdoulaye Wade said the monument, which is taller than the Statue of Liberty, marked a break from his country’s colonial past.
“Five centruies of ordeal and human tradegy, and yet Africa has arrived in the 21st centruy standing tall and more ready than ever to take its destiny into its own hands.”
But Wade’s pet project has come with a hefty price tag of more than 20 million euros.
That’s angered the opposition, who say the money would have been better spent on other things such as housing, education and health.
This opposition leader lambasted the statue as a monster and a financial scandal. He said the government should concetrate on fixing the food and energy shortages that currently blight the former French colony
But Wade’s supporters argue it is an iconic way to make 50 years of independance and that the statue could encourage tourists to visit Senegal.