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Monument of Statesmen and Warriors

monument-al-quoodsMonument Al-Quoods.  Monument dedicated to Palestinean for their fights and struggles

memorial-modibo-keitaMemorial Modibo Kéïta – Modibo Keita (or Kéïta); (4 June 1915 – 16 May 1977) was the first President of Mali (1960 – 1968) and the Prime Minister of the Mali Federation. In October 1946, the African Democratic Rally (RDA) was created in Bamako. Modibo Keïta was elected constituent assembly president of the Mali Federation on 20 July 1960, which consisted of French Sudan, and Senegal. Senegal would later leave the federation. After the collapse of the federation, the US-RDA proclaimed the Soudanese Republic’s complete independence as the Republic of Mali. Keita became its first president.

statue-modibo-keitaOn 19 November 1968, General Moussa Traoré organised a coup d’etat against Modibo Keïta, and sent him to prison in the northern Malian town of Kidal. Modibo Keïta died in prison on 16 May 1977. His reputation was rehabilitated in 1992 following the overthrow of Moussa Traoré and subsequent elections of president Alpha Oumar Konaré. A monument for Modibo Keita, was dedicated in Bamako on 6 June 1999. The memorial, located on Avenue du 5 Septembre, in the Quartier de Fleuve, Bamako.

monument-to-the-heroes-of-the-black-armyMonument to the heroes of the Black Army

place-kontoro-and-saanePlace Kontoro and Saané -Located at one of the roundabout in Niaréla. The monument back to seven meters represents the three emblematic of traditional hunting: Simbo (master hunter), sora (musician convener) and donso (hunter). At the time Mandé hunters had a very important role in protection of people and passed former and sought knowledge.

Kotonro and Saané represent since the dawn of time the guardian deities of the hunt and are the subject of rituals and sacrifices

place-des-martyrs-de-thiaroye-1Place des Martyrs de Thiaroye

place-des-martyrs-de-thiaroye-2Statue of a warrior at Place des Martyrs de Thiaroye, near General Post Office, Bamako

statue-abdul-karim-camara-cabral-1Abdul Karim Camara @ Cabral was former Secretary General of the National Union of Students and Pupils of Mali (Union Nationale des Etudiants et des Eléves du Mali -UNEEM), a student movement in Mali. UNEEM was founded in January 1979. In early 1980 massive protests erupted over the non-payment of student bourses. In February that year, fire-brand leader Abdul Karim “Cabral” Camara was elected general secretary of UNEEM

statue-abdul-karim-camara-cabralOn 8 March 1980 UNEEM led a protest march against in Bamako outside a summit of states of the Sahara region. Violence broke out, and police killed 13 students. Cabral was jailed, and killed in detention. UNEEM was suppressed and ceased to function.It was banned by the government. The death of Cabral in 17 march 1980 in the army camp at Para Djikoroni was remembered every year.This occasion to remember Cabral’s philosophy in education which were to establish and develop relations of friendship, solidarity and brotherhood, to be a place for reflection, exchange and experience in education and contribute to the growth and development of education

statue-kwame-nkrumah-1Statue Kwame Nkrumah – Kwame Nkrumah (21 September 1909 – 27 April 1972), was an influential 20th century advocate of Pan-Africanism, the leader and first President of Ghana and its predecessor state, the Gold Coast, from 1952 to 1966. 6 March 1957, Nkrumah declared Ghana independent. Nkrumah was hailed as “Osagyefo” – which means “redeemer” in the Twi language. 6 March 1960, Nkrumah announced plans for a new constitution which would make Ghana a republic.

statue-kwame-nkrumah-2Nkrumah was also perhaps best known politically for his strong commitment to and promotion of Pan-Africanism and his significant influence in the founding of the Organization of African Unity. He died of skin cancer in April 1972 at the age of 62. Nkrumah was buried in a tomb in the village of his birth, Nkroful, Ghana. While the tomb remains in Nkroful, his remains were transferred to a large national memorial tomb and park in Accra.




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2 thoughts on “Monument of Statesmen and Warriors

  1. he was the saviour of Africa until the CIA masterminded his over throne and halted the rapid development of Africa which he had set in motion at the time. SAVIOUR – rest in peace!

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