North Korean sculptors are building a monument in Chad to mark the 50th anniversary of the African country's independence, it emerged Tuesday. The craftsmen are in high demand on the continent for building heroic statuary cheap.
North Korean craftsmen in April completed the African Renaissance monument in Senegal, also to mark the 50th anniversary of the country's independence. Standing on a hill near Dakar International Airport on the Atlantic coast, the 50-m high sculpture depicts a heavy-jawed man embracing a woman and child in the attitude of marching boldly into the future. It was built by the North's Mansudae Overseas Project Group of Companies for a reported US$25 million.
Last month, North Korean sculptors completed a statue of Joshua Nkomo, the founder of Zimbabwe, but this has come in for some derision.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the main attraction of the North Koreans is their price competitiveness.