The Return of the King by Steve Payne
says: what if Nelson Mandela was a rebel leader in a black African
context? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not
necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
on this day "the tree shaker", septuagenarian Thembu
rebel leader Rolihlahla Mandela boarded a stolen Xhosa transport ship,
finally escaping from the windswept island where he had been imprisoned for
the past thirty-one years.
The first time he had travelled the seven short miles from the Cape of
Storms to the island, he had sat below the decks of the wooden ferry chained
hand and foot whilst the prison guards amused themselves by urinating
through the air vent onto the prisoners.
"Where'd the name "Azania"
come from?" - readers CommentDespite his long incarceration, he had
not lose an ounce of spirit, standing on deck tall and stiff as a flagpole.
Characteristically, his mouth was turned down in a mournful frown whilst his
brown eyes sparkled with mischief.
Although much time had been lost, it was not yet too late
to shake his country of Azania to its very roots.
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Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit
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explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist
superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy
Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting