THE STATUE OF LIBERTY IN CAMEROON: Reunification Monument in Africa
Just like the Statue of Liberty in New York, so also sitting in the heart of Yaoundé is the Reunification Monument.
It was built in the early 1970s to commemorate the reunification of Cameroon.
The monument is erected between 1973 and 1976. This work represents fifty-three tons of concrete and a height of about seven meters.
The monument represents two serpents whose heads merge, symbol of the reunification of French Cameroons and British Cameroons on October 1, 1961.
Then the unification of the Cameroon Federated Republics in the United Republic of Cameroon in 1972. The statue represents an old man carrying five children on both sides, grabbing his body and waving the national torch, symbol of freedom.
The Elder illuminates the path of tradition to modernity, conveying the wisdom of the ancestral tradition, to the new generations.
It symbolize unity around the family: the old man represents the generation of Cameroonian who fought for reunification. The children emphasize the equality of chances between girls and boys with a place of choice for the girl child.