In the aftermath of the unveiling of the statue of late Obafemi Awolowo by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos Mainland residents have condemned the bust saying the statue doesn’t portray Awolowo’s personality.
According to the critics, the statue located on Obafemi Awolowo Road, by the Lagos Television, Alausa, Ikeja, lacks what the late sage stood for during his life time.
To air their displeasure on the statue, Lagos Mainland residents took to their various social media pages to critic the effort.
According to Yommi Williams, “the statues of nationalists depict and communicate massage. They tell us what they fought for, believed in and their legacies. Apologies, this new statute of Great Awo never depitch any of these attributes.
“The old Awo statue at Allen roundabout passed a lot of messages – Books for his believe in education, Agbada for his yoruba background, his two fingers for peace… Kindly analyse the messages behind the new statute.”
To Buckey Babawale, “the statue is trash. The sculpture knows next to nothing. Timberland with agbada, please LASG go and demolish it.”
Olalekan Abolore also said “Waste of money, time and resources’
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has reacted to the criticism by Mainlanders and other Lagos residents.
According to Governor Ambode who spoke through the Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Adebimpe Akinsola, the statue is a piece of art that can be subjected to different interpretations.
“It is a piece of artwork expressing the artist’s impression of the late sage and not a photograph. It can be subjected to several interpretations,” she said.
“The reality is that Chief Awolowo was a colossus who cannot be stereotyped. Stereotying such a highly intriguing personality only exposes the lack of depth of the totality of what the late sage represents,” she added.
Recall that the statue was unveiled by Ambode in recognition of the legacies of Awolowo, his selfless character to uphold the interest of the nation and his works as a template for measuring progressive governance in the country.