A Nigerian businessman, Obinna Onuoha, is set to unveil the ‘biggest’ statue of Jesus in Africa.
Located on the premises of St. Aloysius Catholic Church at Abajah in Imo State, Mr. Onuoha commissioned the 8.53 metre (28 foot) tall “Jesus de Greatest” statue in 2013, hiring a Chinese company to carve it out of white marble.
“It’s going to be the biggest statue of Jesus on the continent,” said Onuoha, the 43-year-old chief executive officer of an oil and gas distribution company.
“Definitely pilgrims will come.”
Around 1,000 people are expected to attend the statue’s unveiling on New Year’s Day.
Onuoha says he had a dream in 1997 to build a giant statue of Jesus, and when his 68-year-old mother fell seriously ill a few years ago, she made him promise that he would build a church if she survived.