Meet the sculptor who designed Michael Essien's bizarre statue

The sculptor who designed the statue of the Ghanaian midfielder goes by the name Ebo Bismark.

The statue which was designed and erected by a sculptor called Ebo Bismark has little resemblance to Michael Essien.

The statue went viral on social media and several people were critical about the work, but Ebo Bismark who has disclosed he wasn't paid to design the art work says he is proud of it despite the criticisms in an interview with

“I was actually amazed because the statue has been there for a very long time. Someone alerted me that my work is trending on social media and it’s everywhere and I was very amazed. I knew definitely that criticisms would come and it will come from different angles. After finishing the project I intentionally decided not to write Essien’s name on the jersey because I wanted people to identify it as stands there but most people see it and they that it is Michael Essien. Even the international media has recognized it so if it’s not Michael Essien then who is it?, he quizzed.


On whether he has been affected by the widespread criticism he has received, the sculptor stated that “I’m not worried at all because these are all things that people will say about the work because it’s a public thing. We have different kinds of people with different kinds of views and mindset so I should be able to accept this is an artist”

Responding to a question on if he was paid to erect the statue, Dominic revealed that he was not paid for the statue and that he is not expecting any form of reward from Essien because he raised the statue to show his appreciation to him for his generosity and benevolence.

Michael Essien emerged as a cult hero among Ghanaian football loving fans after he joined Chelsea FC from Olympique Lyon, helping the London based side win league and FA Cup titles, in addition to the UEFA Champions League in 2012.

He was part of the Black Stars team that qualified for their maiden FIFA World Cup in 2006.


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