At 150 meters (492 feet) in height the Monument to African Renaissance dominates the skyline of the Senegalese capital of Dakar. Its scale is quite breath-taking: new monuments of this size are rare and this is the largest statue in Africa.
Yet although it was billed as a celebration of the continent's renaissance it has become something of a scandal in the economically distressed African republic. The statue has offended a large part of the population of the country. Unveiled in 2010, it may be a couple of lifetimes before this symbol of a desired renaissance is rehabilitated.