Three Visions of Africa
Volume 5 1990
A CAPTIVATING VISION
The closest that I have come to the West African state of Mali was in Cell 11 of Lusaka Central Prison. One of my cell mates was a tall Muslim businessman from Timbuktu.
He recounted how, not long ago, a tribal chief in MALI “had a vision”. The chief captivated his tribe with his “vision from Allah” that he had been chosen to lead his people “in search of the holy land”. The entire village followed him across the vast Sahara desert in search of the promised land. When they arrived in Libya the chief promptly sold all his people into Arabic slavery to pay for his lavish retirement.