Jesus de Greatest is a statue of Jesus Christ and is considered Africa’s largest statue of Jesus Christ and the fifth tallest statue in Africa. The statue stands at a height of 28ft and was unveiled at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in the Abajah local government on the 1st of January 2016.
Nigeria being a very religious country, divided mainly between Muslims and Christians, takes its religiosity to another level, especially in the Eastern part of the country where there is a deep division between Catholics and Protestants.
The statue is made of marble and has a total weight of 40 tons. The statue was commissioned in 2013, and was built by a Chinese company. The statue took three years to construct.
During the unveiling of the statue, over 100 priests and hundreds of Catholic worshippers were present. The statue was commissioned by a local businessman, Obinna Onuoha, an oil and gas magnate. The statue is in the grounds of a 2,000 seating capacity parish.
(Jesus)Christ is the Redeemer in Rio, Brazil and de Greatest in Abajah, Nigeria pic.twitter.com/bSQ5aMrt6Y
— HENRY Okelue (@4eyedmonk) January 2, 2016