2015 Addis Ababa Bob Marley statue in Ethiopia erected April 16

One Year Since City Officials in Ethiopia Erect Life Size Bob Marley Statue

One year ago, April 16th, 2015 a life-size, bronze statue of the legendary, reggae king, Bob Marley was fully erected in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at a roundabout in the Gerji area, also named after the original ‘gong’ himself. The statue was unveiled by city officials and is a creation of Ethiopian sculptor, Bizuneh Tesfa.

Now a monument, the statue depicting Marley in a swaying movement, carrying his guitar, and his face covered by his dreadlocks is the brainchild of brothers Zeleke Gessese, a musician, Addisu Gessese a music promoter and business man Awad Mohamed in commemoration of Bob Marley’s

70th birthday celebration. “It was Bob Marley’s love, proclamations and philosophical link to the country that inspired the idea. As his message speaks highly of Ethiopia and the rest of the African diaspora, hence it was fitting in the eyes of the contributors to erect the statue in Addis Ababa.”


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