Photographer's Note

The brainchild of Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade, this soon to be completed monument is mired in controversy. Taller than the Statue of Liberty, the cost is over 29 million dollars. It is being built by North Koreans, and many say the statue reflects communist, more than African art. The scantily clothed woman disturbs the sensibilities of many in this conservative Muslim country. Once the complex is open, Wade claims 35% of gate receipts to the museum and travel to the top, justified by "intellectual property rights."

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