A statue of Bob Marley in Addis Ababa will be removed from a spot in roundabout in Gerji area where it has stood for the past two years.
The statue, which according to the Ethiopian Roads Authority, is causing frequent traffic jams, shows the reggae icon Marley in a swaying movement, carrying his guitar, and his face covered by his dreadlocks. The Authority says it has decided to abolish the roundabouts and remove the statue and install a traffic signal pole instead.
The life-size statue was commissioned in occasion of the 70th birthday celebration by two brothers, the Ethiopian reggae singer Zeleke Gessese and music promoter, Addisu Gessese and a businessman Awad Mohamed. Officials promised to find “a more appropriate place” for the statue.