Sat, Jun 4, 2016
The Colonel was not just a strongman after all but also a man with feelings.
Condoleezza Rice was the first black woman to serve as the United States’ National Security adviser as well as the first black woman to serve as U.S. Security of State. She was also the woman after Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s heart. In 2011, Libyan rebels looting Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli discovered an album filled with photos of former U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. MSNBC which obtained photos of the album reported that every single page of the album had pictures of Rice, most of them close-ups. The Colonel had it bad!
In a 2007 interview with Al Jazeera, Gaddafi could not contain his affection for Rice and was heard saying, “I support my darling black African woman. I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders… Leezza, Leezza, Leezza… I love her very much. I admire her and I’m proud of her because she’s a black woman of African origin.”
No one can blame Gaddafi, he was a man in love. He however had a way of taking it too far. “Leezza” as he chose to call her found it a little creepy. After all Gaddafi always had an affinity for multiple partners and his virgin bodyguards are all the proof anyone needs. It must have been very disturbing for the Secretary of State to find herself on top of Gaddafi’s “hit-list”.
The colonel’s first wife, Fatiha was a school teacher and they had a son before separating. He then married Safia with whom he had seven other sons. This is no scandal at all but what earned him notoriety were his virgin bodyguards. These were ladies of steel equipped with lethal skills in martial arts. They took a vow of chastity and swore to lay their lives down for him. They would never leave his side. IBTimes reports the women underwent extensive martial arts and firearms training at a special academy before being inducted. It once was a symbol of his understanding of female liberation but soon reports emerged that the women were being abused. It is interesting that the guards spotted a Western look; is it remotely possible that he was trying to replicate the culture of his beloved Leezza? Or maybe he had always wanted a Western, independent woman and Leezza was arguably the most powerful woman in the world at the time thus making her the perfect candidate? No one may ever know. All that has been revealed is that Gaddafi had a rush when “Leezza” would “lean back and give orders to the Arab leaders”.
In 2008, Rice visited Libya during an intermittent period of good graces between the U.S and the Gaddafi regime. It seemed the leader was interested in repairing whatever was left of the relationship with the West. It is tempting to think Rice may have been motivation for change. During her stay, the pair had a late-night dinner to break the Ramadan.
The Washington Post said, “Gaddafi remained still and sombre, though his face lit up when he saw Rice.”
It seems Rice did not feel the same way as she revealed in an interview with ABC News, “What was going through my head was ‘How long do I have to sit here and how quickly can I get out of here?’ You know, it was funny because when he said , ‘I have a video for you,’ I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, what is this going to be?’ But it was actually just a bunch of pictures of me with Vladimir Putin, me with Hu Jintao.” She also revealed that he then said, “I have Libya’s best composer, most famous composer write this song for you.” The song is called “Black Flower in the White House”. She was also given a diamond ring, a lute, a locket with an engraved likeness of himself inside and an inscribed edition of The Green Book. The Dailymail estimated the “haul” to be worth $212 000. The whole time he insisted on calling her Leezza. There was nothing professional about this meeting!
If anyone still wonders what Gaddafi’s hobbies were, the photo album gives quite a strong clue; while others collected stamps, he collected Leezza’s photos. The Colonel was not just a strongman after all but also a man with feelings. His expression could have used a little help but indications are he could not help himself!
Tatenda is an advocate of cultural identity and African development. Interact with him on http://africanaforum.blogspot.com/
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