Nigeria yesterday unveiled a nine-meter-tall statue of Jesus Christ carved from white marble, believed to be the largest of its kind in Africa, the Yahoo News website reports today (January 2, 2016).
Standing barefoot with arms stretched, the "Jesus de Greatest" statue weighs in at 40 tons.
More than 100 priests and hundreds of Catholic worshipers attended the nine-meter (30-foot) statue's official unveiling in the village of Abajah in southeastern Nigeria.
It was commissioned by Obinna Onuoha, a local businessman who hired a Chinese company to carve it and place it in the grounds of a 2000-capacity church that he built in 2012. The cost of the statue has not been revealed.