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Visitors flock to see Nimba statue and “Throne of Prosperity” at Guinea pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai

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Dubai – March
23, 2022:
As the curtain descends on the Expo 2020 Dubai with the
end of this month, the West
African nation Republic of Guinea is witnessing a huge flock of
visitors seeking a glimpse of sculpture Nimba and sit on the “Throne of
Prosperity” for good luck displayed at its pavilion in the Sustainability District.

The original
statue of Nimba, the symbol of
fertility, is stationed along with the “Throne of Prosperity”
at the pavilion entrance. The two sculptures characteristic of Guinean art adorning the entrance
greet the visitors even before stepping through the pavilion doors.   

The Nimba,
hailed as a universal mother figure, is one of the sculptures
that inspired Pablo Picasso during the 1900 World Expo in France. The lavish headdress, which is unique in African art, is
one of the most attractive objects within African legends. The wooden
artwork belongs to Guinea’s Baga ethnic people living in the
most western parts of the African continent.

Commenting on
the visitors flocking to the pavilion, Fatoumata Conde, Deputy Commissioner
General of Guinea Pavilion Expo 2020 Dubai, said, “Guineans and several other
West African communities have traditionally believed that Nimba has brought us
luck and prosperity through centuries. That is why Nimba is considered our
treasured national symbol.” 

Speaking from an aesthetic point of view, she added, “The dynamic and imaginative
sculptural form of the Nimba, as well as the surreal and expressive symbolism,
provide it with an extraordinary attraction. Nimba is a mystery belonging to
Guinea legends, and its crest and beak symbolize power.”

According to Fatoumata
Conde, Nimba is assumed to represent
abundance, luck and fertility. “Guinea’s rice harvest festivals
present Nimba in their dance
ceremonies in order to procure the fertility of the fields and luck for the
harvesting season. The dancer carried it on his shoulders, holding the piece by
its front legs, while his whole body was adorned in a costume made of vegetal
fibers. The Nimba has been going around for hundreds of years in West Africa,” she remarked.

Since the opening of the Expo 2020 Dubai, Guinea
held many large and small social and business events in the quest of cementing
business relations between the nation and governments as well as private and
public sectors of several countries.

DF

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