Cameroon has joined a contest to provide a suitable site in Africa for the construction of the Mother of Humanity Monument that depicts the origin of man.
Yaounde, Kribi and Limbe have been preselected to boost the country’s candidacy to host the 95-metre statue, which will comprise a 29-story building.
A US delegation headed by the initiator of the project Nijel Binns is in Cameroon to visit and inspect sites proposed by ARK Jammers Connection-Cameroon.
This was revealed during a press conference Monday by Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Ministry of Communication in Yaounde.
Mr Nijel – the sculptor – explained that the statue will be “a gift from the American people to Africa”.
Americans will thus fund the 117-billion-franc project and the government of Cameroon is expected to provide 80 hectares of land.
Mr Nigel unveiled a smaller version of the Mother of Humanity Monument which embodies seven key elements.
“The the feather in the right hand of the woman in the monument promotes peace, truth, and righteousness,” he said.
“Her bared right breast acknowledges sovereign and natural resources of all mothers and of the mother continent Africa.
“The shape of the monument – an outline of the African continent – promotes a reverence and respect for Mother Africa, the cradle of civilization.
“The dot on her forehead represents the pineal gland, often called the “third eye” that symbolises work towards a higher consciousness and inner vision.
“Her open left hand welcomes the human family and all sentient beings, with a mother’s compassion and understanding.
“Her left foot moving forward is asking the world to have the heart and the courage to take strong, righteous, and fearless action.”
And “the monument will heal through charitable activities for women, children, and elders in Africa, America, Australia, Brazil, China, India, Spain, and around the world,” he said.
Nigel’s delegation met Prime Minister Philemon Yang, some members of government and his close aides.
Officials assured the sculptor that the Cameroonian government was ready to fulfil its part of the deal should the West African country – Africa miniature – is selected to host the monument.
The Mother of Humanity was conceived after the Los Angeles rebellions of April 29, 1992 and unveiled in Watts, California on May 11, 1996.
The project is backed by two US-based NGOs; Nijert International, LLC and the ARK Jammers Connection, Inc.