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Africa’s ‘Tallest Statue of Jesus Christ’ to be Unveiled in Imo State




According to Cable, Africa’s ‘tallest statue of Jesus Christ,’ is set to be unveiled in Abajah local government area of Imo state, on January 1, 2016 at Aloysius Catholic Church.

The statue, named Jesus de Greatest, is said to be 28 feet tall.

Obinna Onuoha, founder of Premier Petroleum Limited, reportedly funded and offered the statue to the church.

Jesus de Greatest is set to be the fifth tallest statue in Africa, and has a total weight of 40 tons and is made of marble.

According to the report:

At 161 feet, African Renaissance Monument in Dakar, Senegal, is the tallest statue in Africa after Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt which 66 feet. Ramesses II in Egypt at 30 feet, is the third tallest. Nelson Mandela Union Building in South Africa has a 28 feet statue and is the fourth tallest in the continent. The world’s tallest statue of Jesus is Christ the King in Świebodzin, western Poland, with a height of 172 feet.

Photo Credit: Cable


  1. prince

    December 15, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    He lives in our heart.

    • Damilola

      December 15, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      I love Jesus with all my heart but a statue of white looking Jesus ain’t worth it at all. And that money could have done a lot of practical things to keep the country forward.


      December 31, 2015 at 2:10 am



      December 31, 2015 at 2:14 am
      Jesus is not the white, long-haired, skinny face you’ve been seeing throughout your entire life.


      December 31, 2015 at 2:15 am


  2. Confuzzled

    December 15, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Can be made into a tourist destination. Think Christ the Redeemer in Brazil…

    • Ceetoo

      December 15, 2015 at 10:07 pm

      Yeah right with the horrible roads aka death traps . Tacky airports and Biafran protest oh and to add no no sea for any emergency escape…tourists will surely come… Just wait.

  3. Single Shalewa, Bitter Bintu!

    December 15, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Great stuff especially re attracting tourists. But I’m just not sure this is what my Jesus looks like.

  4. nene+

    December 15, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    I am for anything that is not against God!
    I think the sight will be a healing, courage and strenght so why not? Weldon Mr Onuoha!!! Whether it’s the face of The Jesus or not, any status that represent Jesus is significant for his believers be it an ordinary stone!

  5. truth

    December 15, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Stupidity will kill some people. Instead of these people using the money to better imo state and its youths lack of opportunities, these people are building statues and wasting money. First of all this oyinbo worshiping should stop, God doesn’t need an idol image of him to be risen for him to be with the people. This is the reason land sliding keeps happening, bad roads and so many suffering people and all they can think of is making this minuscule nonsensical thing like this.

    • hezekina pollutina

      December 15, 2015 at 4:18 pm


    • Nnodim

      December 15, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      What exactly is your own contribution to your state and humanity…people should spend their hard eraned money they way it pleases them. Peharps u would ve happy if he use the money to host ome celebrity then you will come here to type – . Please get a life or rather hold rochas responsible doe not paying salaries.

  6. Author Unknown

    December 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    “Thou shalt not make for thyself a graven image”, Prince has put it perfectly. By the way, which one is Jesus ‘de’ greatest?

  7. Aso Oke

    December 15, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    “You shall not make idols.”

  8. Laila

    December 15, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Lets show some respect pls. Its a question of faith, if it does not resonnate with you, just walk on by.

  9. sunny innocent

    December 15, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    I love Jesus christ, nice one mr obinna onuoha

  10. DrkNite

    December 15, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    That statue of Jesus those not look Jewish.

  11. Chichi

    December 15, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Jesus was not Caucasian

  12. Ngozi

    December 15, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Well done. Jesus is Lord. Whatever you do that gives Him glory should be celebrated.

  13. Mabel

    December 15, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    I wish he was carved out of black rock and had wooly hair. Anywho, I got no connection to Imo state so nothing to do with me at the end of the day.

    • sherry johnson

      January 6, 2016 at 5:42 am

      so sad that these lack people have to be constantly reminded of the worlds oppressor. the s0-called “white man”. what a disgrace…

  14. Anne

    December 15, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Reminds me of Christ the Redeemer in Rio. I’m from Imo State and yes, I’m excited about the project. Contrary to some comments above, the sponsor isn’t obligated to spend HIS money the way WE want . Every one has their role to play. It’s unfair to dictate how people should spend their money. If I come by money, I will build a local public library in my village at Akokwa. In the meantime, there are people giving scholarships, building churches, providing water etc in my community. If everyone takes on a project, we will make our communities heaven on earth. I applaud each project , whatever that might be, that is sponsored with private fund,

    And I have made a mental note to visit the statue the next time I visit. Thank you, Mr. Onuoha. We need more people like him.

  15. Anonymous

    December 15, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    So they come take slaves, beat Christianity in them , and now white Jesus is sitting high. I’ll wait…. talk about mental conditioning.

  16. mabel

    December 16, 2015 at 5:53 am

    Why e de pain you? Is it your money? Did he steal your land or marble? The cross you wear with an image on it is not image abi? Because you didn’t make it? You don’t know the man’s relationship with his God, you did not give him the money to do this, yet you are angry about this. Why? I am from Imo state, a Christian. I believe as far as the church (doesn’t matter which denomination) is not maiming, starving people, it’s ok if a faithful does this with their own money. You hate Christianity so much, yet you have churches taking care of widows, orphans , community projects etc. Things your government should do. You guys will oh and ah over Adana’s vlogs her father wrecked Imo state as governor!. Yet you are angry with someone who has decided to use his money this way. Do you know what he has done for his community already? Are you God? Let God judge him. BN if you like chop this comment. Adana’s friends.

  17. Chika

    December 19, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    This is not our God, Africans should wake up that jesus is the white people’s God not of the Africans or black. Christianity was used as a means of colonisation. Before the white man came and inslaved us what did our forefathers use to believe in. We need to wake up.


      January 2, 2016 at 3:36 am

      There is no separate African God and European God. The only one God has embraced mankind in Christ who is historically neither white nor black. The differences between the races (white, black, brown, etc) are no more than superficial. The Europeans, Americans, Australians, Koreans, Philipinos, Ethiopians etc all built their cultures based on Christian ideals. For example, ‘Elizabeth’ is a simple pious Jewish housewife whose story of faith is told in the Bible. Yet the English have so embraced this Jewish story that Elizabeth has become an English national symbol. This can also happen in Africa. If we as blacks invent our own truth, it would no longer be ‘truth’. The only option open to us is to adapt the universal truth to our cultural realities.

  18. Nwafor Igbo iwe na ewe

    December 21, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Another money-missed-road millionaire demonstrating his ignorance of the Christianity he claims to profess. Firstly, a better tribute to Jesus lies there in his village – i.e., countless of poor people he could help to school. Secondly, he could expand his intellectual horizon by researching the fact that a Jesus that was born and bred in the Middle East could not have possibly been a blue-eyed blond man. It’s time Africans started jettisoning some of the religious bullshit taught them by Europeans and Arabs. At most, this man could have contributed to the education of Nigerian fundamentalist Christians by challenging the corrosive cultural depiction of Jesus as a white man. Igbo ka Igbo, mepee nu anya! Around the world, the black man is the only specie of the homo sapiens who worships a god that doesn’t look like him. The Buddhas of India look like Indians, the Shinto gods of Japan look like Japanese, the Christian religious icons designed by Europeans look European; and despite the increasing number of universities in Nigeria and the number of certificates floating around, we still lack the most important part of education… a critical education. Umunnaa, ndo nu! Adim sorry for this man.

  19. Medjay Commander

    December 24, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I am seriously heartbroken, are we so brainwashed that we would let the conqueror erect his symbol of power on our land after we have fought so hard to maintain not only our land, but the survival of the mind set of our people. White supremacy is trying to re-take Africa and we have no better sense than not to recognize that we are being re-enslaved…. We are in trouble on a huge scale.

  20. Liberation

    December 30, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    What are you doing-Africa is supposed to be smarter than this by now. Why would you have a fake white Jesus (which never existed) towering over a Black nation? Have you not tired of being ruled by whites in your collective mind? Why did other Nigerians allow him to do it? Whenever Blacks worldwide start to march forward and get strong-these fake overly white images of “Jesus” start to re-emerge to pacify them: “Here is a Bible, now give me your oil and gold”. Will the real Christ stand up? Look in the mirror. Show me a predominately white country which would allow this in reverse. Do you not know this is a tool of war against the Black mind? Dont give me-“it doesn’t matter.” Millions who died from genocide speak and say it does matter.

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