The New7Wonders organization has announced that the following 7 candidates have been elected to represent global heritage throughout history:
- Chichén Itzá, Mexico
- Christ Redeemer, Brazil
- The Great Wall, China
- Machu Picchu, Peru
- Petra, Jordan
- The Roman Colloseum, Italy
- The Taj Mahal, India
My question is simple. Where is Africa? It is unthinkable that no edifice/site in the entire African continent made it to the final 7. How could it have been when only Timbuktu in Mali made it to the final 21?
Whats more? There was absolutely no publicity about this event here in Ghana and I am sure the same applies to most African countries. I only got to know about this organization by chance, four days to the event when I was watching Al Jazeera’s English channel. By then, it was too late to rally any support behind Timbuktu.
Although NewOpenWorld Foundation was in Mali to present a certificate of nomination to the Timbuktu city mayor, I’d reiterate they did a poor job with publicity on the African continent. Shame on them.