Seychelles is set to erect a statue of former South African President Nelson Mandela on July 18 coinciding with his birthday, African Daily Voice has learnt.
Set to be mounted at the Peace Park, the stature represents Madiba’s symbol of integrity and for advocating for peace.
The unveiling event will come a few weeks after another three metre statue of the county’s late President, Sir James Mancham which will be unveiled on 29 June in the same venue.
Sir James Mancham’s statue unveiling event will coincide with the commemoration of Seychelles’ Independence Day. The country’s Cabinet gave approval for the two during a meeting which was chaired by Vice-President Vincent Meriton recently.
“For quite a long time now the Department of Culture has honoured individuals who have made significant contributions to the cultural heritage of Seychelles and now it will honour these two highly respected statesmen for their invaluable contributions,” Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Institutional Affairs, Johny Bastienne, told the media following the Cabinet’s decision.
Special Advisor in the Department of Culture, Emmanuel D’Offay, said for Seychelles to have been chosen to receive the statue of President Mandela is a great honour as only three of his statues have been crafted.