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Vol 2 (AAC) No 10

Published 1st August 2009


Senegal

Wade's monumental error

A secret deal involving the sale of public land is financing an ugly statue and tourist centre, built under contract by a North Korean company

The latest grand projet from President Abdoulaye Wade - the US$30 million Monument de la Renaissance Africaine - has quickly become an extreme parody of bad government in the eyes of many Senegalese. The African Renaissance, launched by South Africa's former President Thabo Mbeki and enthusiastically backed by President Wade a decade ago, was meant to promote Africa's artistic achievements, commitment to human development and the resilience of its culture and values.

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