Culture December 12, 2019 at 03:30 pm

A look at Senegal’s monuments that pay homage to the African continent

Ama Nunoo December 12, 2019 at 03:30 pm

December 12, 2019 at 03:30 pm | Culture

Demba and Dupont
The Demba and Dupont statue has come to symbolize the valor and loyalty of African fighters | Photo: Beetle Holloway / Culture Trip

Demba and Dupont

One of Senegal’s oldest monuments and most moved about monument is Demba and Dupont. The sculptures of a Senegalese tirailleur and a French soldier have stood in various roundabouts in Dakar, and at one point even in a cemetery before its final position adjacent Dakar’s train station in Plateau.

Demba and Dupont was originally sculpted to showcase the bond between the French and African soldiers symbolising they were ‘brothers in arms.’

The monument now denotes loyalty and valour of African soldiers who fought in WWI and WWII under French command.

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