Edward Makuka Nkoloso informed the TIME reporter that his Zambian “astronauts” would beat both the US and the Soviet Union in the space race — by going to the moon, and then to Mars.This was an unusual boast, to say the least. At the time, Zambia’s population numbered 3.6 million, with barely 1500 African-born high school graduates and less than 100 college graduates.
LOL. That’s some great seed stock for a space program.
But he had big dreams, namely, using a catapult-inspired “firing system” to send a 10×6 aluminum and copper rocket holding ten Zambians and a 17-year-old African girl (and her cat) to Mars. He figured he could get them to the moon by 1965. All he needed was $700 million pounds from UNESCO to fund the project.
LOL, good thing the UN didn’t fork it over. “And her cat,” haha.
…he also called for the detention of Russian and American spies trying to steal his “space secrets” — and his cats.
I’m sure that must have been an intensive Great Power spy project, no?
Nkoloso claimed to have studied Mars for some time from telescopes at his “secret headquarters” outside Lusaka, and announced that the planet was populated by primitive natives.
LOL. Hell, who needs Black nationalists and Afrocentrists anyway. Real Africans are pretty damn funny as it is. No parodies needed.