Saga of an African Family
by Steve Payne
says: what if African Holocaust had hever happened? Please note that the
opinions expressed in this satirical post do not necessarily reflect the
views of the author(s).
In 1382 A.H.,
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in the hot lush savannah country which lies four
days up river from the coast of the Gambia, Kajali Demba died peacefully
in his sleep.
For too many years he had been the griot of the village of Juffure,
serving the local Mandinka as an oral historian, poet, praise singer and
His successor would be the young man Kinte (pictured second from left) who
began his first address with a simple demonstration. Cutting open a mango,
he held the fruit high above his children, preventing them from taking it.
He then began his oration with a piece of homespun wisdom, "When you
clench your fist, no one can put anything in your hand, nor can your hand
pick up anything". This metaphor of non-violence had served his
people for half a millennia of peaceful existence by the banks of the
says in original content has been repurposed to celebrate the author's
genius © "Roots, Saga of an African Family" by Alex Hayley (1976). To view
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