vendredi 1 avril 2016

Nigeria vs China: Who is the biggest "Jesus Christ or Mao Zedong?"

 
1. Nigeria: The largest statue of the "Poor Christ of Bomba"

"The largest statue of Jesus in Africa established in Nigeria"

        
In 1956, Mongo Beti, Cameroon revolutionary writing his novel "The Poor Christ of Bomba" or passion without redemption from a witness of a God who was not black, did not think his neighbor, a rich Nigerian, Obinna Onuoha, would make the dream of missionary action of the Reverend Father Superior, Drumont in 2015, installing in his village of Abajah the largest statue of Jesus Christ in Africa.
Bomba was simply "a kingdom of Satan, a real Sodom and Gomorrah." Abajah, will probably be the greatest symbol of the faith of all of black Africa.

Jesus Christ of Abajah, the Greatest of Africa

         The statue is 8.53 meters high, called "Jesus the Greatest," was unveiled in the predominantly Christian village of Abajah in Imo State (South East), during a ceremony attended more than one hundred religious Catholics.
        
It was commissioned in 2013 by a wealthy Nigerian Obinna Onuoha from the village, a graduate of Harvard University in the United States and was carried out by a Chinese company. Its cost has not been disclosed
        
Hundreds of Catholic faithful attended the opening Friday in a village in south-eastern Nigeria a statue of Jesus over eight meters high commissioned by a wealthy Nigerian businessman, who says it is the "greatest" of the continent.
        
The white marble effigy of 40 tonnes represents Jesus barefoot, with open arms, overlooking the Church of St. Aloysius.
"The statue will be a great symbol of faith for Catholics and those who pass by this magnificent statue," said the bishop of the Diocese of Orlu, to which belongs the village, Augustin Tochukwu Okwuoma, during a Mass he celebrated before the statue will be unveiled on  January 1, 2015.
        
"This will be the largest statue of Jesus on the continent," said Wednesday the A.F.P. businessman Obinna Onuoha, born in 1962, general manager of a Nigerian oil and gas distribution company. Devout Catholic, the man had the idea to build this giant Jesus in 1997 after a "vision".
        
Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa with 170 million inhabitants, is divided by ethnic and regional oppositions between a South richer and predominantly Christian, and a very poor Muslim north.
        
According to the Pew Research Center, the Nigerian population is divided roughly equally between Muslims and Christians.
In the North, the insurrection of the armed Islamist group Boko Haram has killed more than 17,000 people since 2009, and the new year begins under the persistent threat of attacks of the Islamist group, despite assurances from President Muhammadu Buhari, who said that the country has "technically" defeated insurgents.

2. When China resurrects the Helmsman Mao Zedong

The giant statue of Mao Zedong in Henan!

        
In Henan, it was enough for one day disappears the imposing Mao. A statue of 36.6 meters high had appeared in a field at the initiative of businessmen of that poor rural province in central China.          The metal structure and concrete covered with gold paint barely completed and representing the Great Helmsman cost the equivalent of just over 400 000, said the local press. The demolition team sent by local authorities arrived on January 7, 2016 in the morning and the next day, there remained of Mao that rubble.

Forty years of personality cult, that's enough!

        
The year 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of the founder of the People's Republic of China. He himself had established an unprecedented cult of personality. His busts still enthroned at the entrance of the university campuses and sometimes even on the main square of the People of cities like Kashgar, near Central Asia.
        
Mao Zedong of the township of Tongxu, however, proved too much in the current context. The People's Daily, a local official explained that the sponsors of the statue did not follow the government approval process. It must however be noted that Mao, yet very discreet, did not seem to interfere with local officials during the months of construction.
        
The work was promoted by Sun Qingxin, patron of machinery factories and number two of the meeting of the Communist Party ...



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