Sculptors and any artiste for that matter would tell you that the sculpting of statues is not one of those artistic adventures embarked upon, solely, for the fun of it. Statues are significant, especially when it is the statue of an influential person. Mind you; no influential person is loved by all people. Being influential is most times synonymous with being controversial.
Statues are not new to arts and history, as the oldest known statue was sculpted about 30,000 years ago. A statue is mostly aimed at immortalizing the individual whose image is represented by the statue. Such individuals are known to have contributed something significant to the progress of humanity, even if not directly to the primary environment where the statue is sited, but the generality of human society. For instance, you may see the statues, figurines or portraits of history making individuals like Martin Luther King, Rastafari pioneer, El Selassie, Abraham Lincoln, etc, in countries far away from their original places of influence.
Any good done to humanity anywhere is good done to humanity everywhere. The freedom and peace enjoyed by Liberians today is helpful to world peace. Many people do not remember or never knew that Nigeria bore great burdens during the war in Liberia. President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson’s ability to sustain peace and stability in Liberia for the past twelve years of her reign deserves every accolade from across the world. Fortunately, she has got deserved accolades from across the world, including winning the world’s most cherished laurel, the Nobel Peace Prize.
Her statue in Imo State or anywhere in the world reminds all men or women of goodwill of the need to pursue a noble life and work for peace and progress in the world.
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