The Askari Monument or Dar es Salaam African Memorial in Kivukoni Ward in Ilala District of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is a memorial to the askari (African soldiers) who fought in the British campaign against the German Army in East Africa in World War I. It was unveiled in 1927. The monument is located at the centre of a roundabout on Samora Avenue at the perpendicular junction to Maktaba Street and Azikiwe Street, a place that reportedly also marks the exact centre of downtown Dar es Salaam.
The monument was erected in honour of the King's African Rifles and the Carrier Corps. The main feature of the monument is "The Askari", a bronze sculpture of an African soldier. It was realised in the United Kingdom by British sculptor James Alexander Stevenson, who worked for Westminster's Morris Bronze Founders. Stevenson signed the statue with his pseudonym "Myrander". Before being sent to Dar es Salaam, the statue was exhibited at the Royal Academy, receiving critical praise. The soldier has a rifle with bayonet pointed towards the Dar es Salaam harbour. The statue stands on a stone pedestal. On the narrow sides of the pedestal are plaques with a dedication in Swahili (Arabic and Latin script) and English; on the wide sides of the pedestal are two pictorial plaques showing fighting African soldiers and the Carrier Corps. The English inscription includes "If you fight for your country even if you die your sons will remember your name".
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Joe Ndekia | Dec 15, 2017
The iconic Landmark that`s identify the City of Dar es salaam. The Askari Monument unveiled in 1927, is the memorial to the Askari Soldiers who fought in the British Carrier Corps in WWI. If your are in Dar es salaam this is one of the place to take pictures without any problems.
Kamal Seif | Dec 5, 2017
Great Landmark in the City, everyone knows this area, visitors can use it as a reference point.
Bruti Katani | Dec 13, 2017
The Askari Monument in Dar es Salaam,Tanzania, is a memorial to the askari soldiers who fought in the British Carrier Corps inWorld War I. It is located at the center ofroundabout between Samora Avenue and Maktaba Street, a place that reportedly also marks the exact center of downtown Dar. It was unveiled in 1927.
collins edward | Aug 7, 2017
famous statue in dar es salaam city it stands as an identical for the city of dsm..
shadrack stephene | Aug 9, 2017
very clean and the historical monument looks great
Muhammad Sherally | Apr 13, 2018
I love how it faces the port (ocean side), facing any invaders from the sea.
georvine vitalis | Apr 20, 2018
Major landmark of the city. Renovated recently and bad news is that now way to go through.
Kena Benx | Apr 20, 2018
It's a historic place a symbol of a guardian deity of Tanzania, a true memorial of our ancestors who fought for the country.
Ally Madola | May 7, 2018
The iconic symbol of Dar es salaam found on many articles and publications just to represent the city of Dar es Salaam. It was named after the soldiers who fought the world war. Legends say the place is at the Center point of Dar es salaam 🤔
Muhammad Sherally | May 29, 2018
I love how it faces the port (ocean side), as if facing any invaders from the sea.
Vision Sixteen | Jun 28, 2018
The iconic symbol of Dar es salaam city centre. Askari Monument, the symbol of honour for the soldiers who fight the WWII . It's located in posta , and I love the way it was designed and the time I found its meaning I was so happy to know it's history
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