The statue of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the late Premier of Western region – unveiled by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Obafemi Awolowo and Lateef Jakande junction in Ikeja (Lagos) – has been widely criticized.
From far and near, the sitting statue of the late sage (March 6, 1909 – May 9, 1987) has been described as a disservice to all the philosopher, statesman and lawyer represents.
Here are what people dislike about the statue by Hamzat Attah as compiled by encomium.ng:
1. It bears little resemblance to the politician.
2. Awolowo sitting in the statue (replaced with the one standing with his victory sign and law books) connotes a tired man whose next sculpture might be that of someone lying down.
3. Adorning an agbada, the Leader of Opposition in the First Republic, wore lace up shoes. Instead of loafers!
4. The words, ‘Awolowo’ on black tiles and gold lettering was a cheap rendition.
5. It’s not accessible as it sits at the junction of major roads.
6. There was perhaps no competitive bid for the project as the result fails on many fronts…