Zambia: Horsemanship

As statues go, Lusaka's bronze monument to Empire Builder Cecil Rhodes is pretty run-of-the-horse. It weighs seven tons, stands only slightly larger than life size and, with somewhat oxidized symbolism, depicts Rhodes as a naked Apollo, riding fearlessly onward astride a magnificent prancing stallion. Donated to the city four years ago by the Rhodes-founded British South Africa Co., the statue soon became the object of all self-respecting Zambians' hatred.

For one thing, the horse's rump was turned disdainfully on the Ministry of Finance building. More important, as far as Zambians were concerned, it was a monument not so much...

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