Where we travel
From and to Dakar, from and to Bamako
AFRICAN RENAISSANCE MONUMENT, Dakar, Senegal →
The African Renaissance Monument (French: Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine) is a 49 meter tall bronze statue located on top of one of the twin hills known as Collines des Mamelles, outside Dakar, Senegal. Built overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the Ouakam suburb, the statue was designed by the Senegalese architect Pierre Goudiaby after an idea presented by president Abdoulaye Wade and built by Mansudae Overseas Projects, a company from North Korea. Site preparation on top of the 100-meter high hill began in 2006, and construction of the bronze statue began 3 April 2008. Originally scheduled for completion in December 2009, delays stretched into early 2010, and the formal dedication occurred on 4 April 2010, Senegal’s “National Day”, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence from France. It is the tallest statue in Africa.
PEACE MONUMENT, Bamako, Mali →
Monument de la Paix, also known as Monument to the Peace, is one of the many interesting monuments that are located in the capital city and also the largest one in the West African Republic of Mali. The Monument de la Paix is located on a roundabout adjacent to the Cité Administrative (Governmental Administration Offices) where the Avenue De La Nation and the Secondary Route are intersecting. The Monument has the shape of an arch, which is actually two hands that are holding up a globe on which a white dove is placed , the symbol of peace. Even though the restless Mali is always in some kind of struggle, this monument is dedicated to the return of the peace in the northern part of the country. Together with the monument in Timbuktu, it evokes one of the most publicized commemorations which are dedicated to the national reconciliation following the painful conflict that occurred in the north during the 90s.