The Giant Tusks – Historical Land Mark in Mombasa

Tusks in Mombasa
Tusks in Mombasa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mombasa City

Is the name Mombasa new to you? If the answer is yes, then here is a short description of the place:

Mombasa is a major coastal city  in Kenya – famous in the tourism circle. It is the second important city in Kenya after Nairobi. Mombasais also the largest modern port in East Africa.

But most importantly, the name Mombasa features very prominently in the world history – it is this coastal city  that was used as the headquarters when the Portuguese and the Arabs occupied and ruled  these parts of East Africa in the 16 – 18th century.

The monument tusks

Having described this famous city  Mombasa, when one is visiting, and happen to drive or walk along the main street to the port of Mombasa, called Moi Avenue, (used to be know as Kilindini Road), one will not miss to see the extra ordinary  ‘ elephant tusks’ (man made of course). The two pairs of the crossed tusks stand astride the dual carriage way Moi Avenue.

These structures are the ceremonial arcs built in 1953 to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth ll . It is a famous land mark in this city.

The erection o this monument must have some connection with the death of the Queen’s father in 1952. The Queen happened to be on a visit to Kenya, (not in Mombasa), when she received the news about her father’s death

Condition of the tusks

What prompted me to write this article is the poor state of condition these metal structures were in when I recently walked along the Mombasa Moi avenue.

The metal structures showed corrosion (rusting) occurring on the lower sides. Large indentations can also be seen on these lower parts apparently  caused by vehicle accidents. The locks to the manway covers on the bottom sides are missing making the inside accessible  the street children and other irresponsible citizens who throw debris in these parts. These dirt cause rusting of the metals when dump.

Why I wrote this article

I wrote this article mainly to create awareness.

I believe that the article will raise concern among those who care and value preservation of history for the benefit of the future generations.

It is also my intention to remind the local authority charged with the maintenance of such important monuments to be more vigilant.

I must also remember to thank the British and American navy personnel who from time to time in the past spent their efforts and time repairing this monument whenever their war ships   called at the port of Mombasa.

Lastly, but not least I feel privileged having mentioned in my blog an event connected with the name of her majesty The Queen on England.

Writing this article was never meant for making money. However, the donation will help me cover my blogging expenses in the long journey I intend to make advocating for the reforms of the marginalized minority and engaging in community matters

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