Zimbabwe Renames Victoria Falls to Get Rid of Its Colonial History

Tara Brady, Daily Mail (London), December 18, 2013

President Robert Mugabe wants Victoria Falls to be renamed ‘the smoke that thunders’ to get rid of its colonial history.

The president of Zimbabwe believes Victoria Falls does not reflect its liberation heritage.

The waterfall, which is along the Zambezi River at the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Locals already refer to the landmark as Mosi Oa Tunya—which means ‘the smoke that thunders’.

The ruling party, Zanu PF, said the government would be instructed to get rid of all colonial names for towns and schools.

Ignatious Chombo, local government minister, said: ‘Institutions bearing colonial names must be changed and be given indigenous names . . .  school syllabuses in schools must also change.’

It was first discovered by Scottish explorer David Livingstone who named it after Queen Victoria.

Jabulani Sibanda, leader of Zimbabwe’s vocal war veterans, supported the move.

He said: ‘David Livingstone was not the first person to see the Victoria Falls, they (the falls) must be rebranded Mosi Oa Tunya.

‘How can we have our barracks continue to be named after a foreign king?’

President Mugabe’s party came to power in 1980 and changed names of some cities and towns such as Harare.

However, a number of institutions and roads still have their colonial names.

Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world.

Columns of spray can be seen from miles away as and at the height of the rainy season, more than five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge of Victoria Falls, over a width of nearly two kilometers, into a gorge over one hundred meters below.

The wide, basalt cliff over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a placid river into a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges.

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  • Oil Can Harry

    No doubt Washington, D.C. , Lincoln, Nebraska, Jackson, Mississippi etc. will someday be renamed for nonwhites.

    • Pro_Whitey

      Joe Sobran once suggested renaming Washington as Barryville, after Marion Barry. He thought that we would then put pronouncements from Washington in the proper perspective.

      • Erasmus

        Sobran was never at a loss for great ideas.

        A contest to give Washington, DC a more appropriate name would be a wonderful political statement on how Americans now see their government: Clownland, Crimeopolis, Grifterburg, anyone?

        • BonusGift

          AmRener: Alex I’ll take “Former Names” for $200.
          Alex: Crimeopolis.
          AmRener: What was Washington, D.C.?
          Ding, ding, ding, …

          • Erasmus

            Good one.

    • Extropico

      Clinton openly talked of removing White Gentiles from the US currency, but stated the lachrymose reality that Amerikans weren’t yet ready for that. The Left is salivating to excise slaveowners such as Washington, Jackson and Jefferson from our currency. I expect it to occur in my lifetime.

      • LeGrandDerangement

        Which Clinton? Bill or the man of the house?

    • Erasmus

      I can just imagine: “Shaqwanaville”, “Bellcurviusburg”?

      • LaSantaHermandad

        Or perhaps “Mufugghía”

    • Tacitus1

      I expect Jackson to become Evers MS . They have already renamed the airport for Megar. I’m unsure his contribution to civic aviation though.

  • MekongDelta69

    How about the Bobby Mugabe Low IQ Falls?…

    • Pro_Whitey

      I would have suggested Zimbabwe Dollar Falls.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Funny things happens when all the Whites are driven out.

        Good advice you gave on that other forum, BTW, everyone should follow it.

        • JackKrak

          if there’s ever been a man who looks more like a, well, you know, I haven’t seen him…..

          • Franklin_Ryckaert

            You mean Australopithecus Africanus?

        • Pro_Whitey

          Really? That’s a first. I must have been drunk. I shoot my mouth off a lot here and elsewhere. What caught your fancy?

          • Bon, From the Land of Babble

            Was it not you who gave the great advice as to how to react to internet trolls?

          • Pro_Whitey

            Must have been someone else. I usually ignore trolls. But thanks anyway!

          • Bon, From the Land of Babble

            I was on a thread that was under heavy attack.

            Advice was this: Ignore all trolls. No response, no downvote, nothing.

            Trolls thrive on any and all attention and strive to stir up entire forums. On pro-White threads the attacks come from anti-Whites and professional, most likely paid trolls who use stealth tactics to destroy entire forums. Goal is to get us to attack each other so posters become disgusted and leave or commentary is taken down completely (TOO for instance).

            Good advice and really, the only thing that works.

      • Brian

        GDP Falls.

  • MekongDelta69

    “It was first discovered by Scottish explorer David Livingstone…”

    No doubt a black man in Zimbabwe’s re-written ‘history’ books.

    • Kit Ingoldby

      I doubt anyone in Zimbabwe is capable of writing a history book.

  • David Ashton

    “Zimbabwe”. Fancy renaming England “Stonehenge”.

    • Mergatroyd

      Stonehenge will eventually be blown up like those 1,700 year old Buddha statues in Afghanistan that the Taliban destroyed.

      Stonehenge cannot be left to stand. It represents a culture that practiced slavery, colonialism and genocide of peaceful blacks in Africa, Australia and elsewhere.

      It’s only a matter of time and everyone knows it.

      • David Ashton

        Now, there was I thinking it was originally a launching pad for the spaceships that the Africans sent up before the wicked white men “undeveloped” their civilization and obliterated all trace of it in the home-continent, except a few pyramids cunningly redecorated by western racist archaeolgists.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    I understand that there are other remnants of its colonial history that Zimbabwe is also working hard to expunge….Things such as a working government, functioning economy and any last vestiges of civilization.

    • LHathaway

      You know, I’m not, personally, a believer in white ‘intellectual’ superiority but I agree with what you are saying. . . Running water, from pipes, electricity, justice system, plumbing, the wheel, automobiles, written language, trains – I’m guessing they wont be giving up these for the sake of their ‘colonial’ past.

      • Spartacus

        “You know, I’m not, personally, a believer in white ‘intellectual’ superiority…”


        Yeah, because that’s something you need to “believe” in, and not something self-evident…

      • Mergatroyd

        You are wrong. Everyone here knows superior Asians created those things you listed including the computer you are using and the electrical system that powers it. We are communicating in an Asian-based language and it is a known fact that all mathematical systems, numbering, algebra, calculus, etc. were developed by Asians and stolen by Whites. We owe everything we have to them!

        All Whites should cede White homelands immediately to superior Asians. We Whites do not deserve a homeland because of “past bad acts,” with Zimbabwe being a perfect example.

        Just ask John Engelman.

      • Who Me?

        As I understand it, many of these “white” things are no longer working very well, if at all. They are on their way out, and according to the current regime in place there, the sooner the better (except for himself, of course.) No one is left to properly maintain and/or repair civilization as it falls apart around their ears. You see when they killed the white men, those evil whites took their magic juju with them. It had nothing to do with daily care to make things work, or to make crops grow. They just magically worked for the white man, and Africans can’t do it. Mostly because they lack foresight and a knowledge of how things work together. Gotta plant seeds to grow a crop. Gotta have a working irrigation system to water those seeds, Gotta have a harvesting system to get the crops in when it’s ready, gotta have a market for that crop, gotta get the crop to that market…among a myriad of other things. None of this is rocket science. Whites have been doing it all over the world for millenia, but blacks just don’t get it–must be “White man’s magic.”

        • BonusGift

          Essentially the whole of sub-Sahara (and Sahara and upper-Sahara for that matter to a lesser degrees; and any black run place BTW) is now a non-PC version of the movie Idiocracy. After the white devils were guilt tripped into giving up the reigns of power and the nations they had built to a pack of hapless violent fools in Rhodesia and South Africa we now bear witness to a kind of dark comedy (pun intended), also with genocide throw in to please our tribal overlords. I fully expect to see advertisements for Brawndo “cause its got what plants crave!”

  • bigone4u

    What’s that crazy African talking about? My 1960 world atlas calls the country Rhodesia and I see no reason to call it anything else. Ditto Victoria Falls.

    • MBlanc46

      Just as I continue to call Bombay, Bombay.

      • Mergatroyd

        And Peking is Peking, as in Peking duck.

        • Franklin_Ryckaert

          “Beijing duck” sounds better!

  • Strike_Team

    This isn’t unexpected. It’s low on the totem pole in terms of the concerns of whites at the moment. We have bigger fish to fry. Removing the names and portraits of Civil War Generals from American institutions is a bigger story.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      General Lee’s portrait is to replaced with one of Sheila Jackson Lee.

      Stonewall Jackson’s portrait with one of Jesse Jackson.

      The U.S. Army War College, like the Army, hell the entire military, is now PC -i -fied.

  • Bob

    Just like the Queen Charlotte Islands off the coast of British Colombia Canada have been renamed some horrible indian name: “haida gwaii”, as if anyone can actually pronounce it.

  • MBlanc46

    Well, that takes a load off my mind.

  • APaige

    This is little off the subject, but my son has a program on his Ipad that shows in ‘flash-card’ presentation all the important landmarks in the world. Only African representations are ‘natural’ landmarks-such as Victoria Falls-nothing man-made. I bet he will see a pattern. I cannot wait for him to ask: “Dad how come the Romans and Greeks were able to build such wonderful structures and Africans never did?” (Go ask your mother)

    • Mergatroyd

      In a few years, those wonderful White-built structures will be listed on that program in your son’s IPad as having been conceived of, desgined and built by enslaved blacks, Native Americans and Mexicans, including the White House, Empire State Building, Washington Monument.

      Whites will only be mentioned as slavers, genocidists of peaceful natives and evil colonialists who built their empires on the backs of blacks, after stealing their math.

      • Michael Samuel

        Yes indeed the Senate and the White House and many buildings in Washington D.C was built by slaves…

    • Bantu_Education

      My answer would be “just go look at them son”.

  • Alexandra1973

    Are they going to rename the Hanging Gardens next because it may remind certain people of “Mississippi windchimes”?

  • NM156

    Will they get rid of the other remnants of colonialization such as roads, electric power, and antibiotics as well?

    • Mergatroyd

      Nope. They’ll claim that those things were stolen from Africans and Asians in the first place by evil White colonists.

  • ixObserver

    Their country, their wish. I don’t see anything wrong with a people trying to break free from their colonial past. Also I am not very convinced that a foreigner discovered a local water fall which seems like a huge landmark anyway. The displeasure on this forum is a bit interesting given that right to self-determination and asserting one’s ethnic/racial identity in their respective countries is a favorite theme here. Mugabe is terrible with minorities, especially Whites but this renaming thing isn’t really one of his atrocities. This is a common phenomenon world over anyway.

    • Mergatroyd

      With that reasoning, all invaders in White lands should be purged immediately and sent back where they came from.

      Daily Telegraph:

      “Stone-age Europeans ‘were the first to set foot on North America'”

      “Stone-age Europeans were the first to set foot on North America, beating American Indians by some 10,000 years, new archaeological evidence suggests.”

      www DOT telegraph DOT co DOT uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/9110838/Stone-age-Europeans-were-the-first-to-set-foot-on-North-America DOT html

      • ixObserver

        With that reasoning, all invaders in White lands should be purged immediately and sent back where they came from.
        Isn’t that what Spaniards did with Moors ? isn’t that what most of you want even with legal non-whites of all stripes in White lands ? Or are you suggesting Madrid be called Abu-Dhabi (or some Arabic name) in commemoration of Moors and Mumbai be called Bombay in the memory of Portuguese forever ?

        That’s not how things work. Also, if you read my post I did empathize with Whites in Zimbabwe, I only said the cultural shift is natural. Dominant group’s culture always floats to the top. People don’t give a darn about who came first, who’s there right now is what defines the local socio-cultural behavior. Who came first is a question for historians, sociologists, ideologues etc, not the common man. What’s the surprise here ?

    • Bantu_Education

      “I am not very convinced that a foreigner discovered a local water fall which seems like a huge landmark anyway.”

      “Discovery” is much more than the mere act of wandering past something with unknowing and unseeing eyes. If that were true then Lions or Elephants or Hippos could be said to have “discovered” the Victoria Falls. Weren’t they there first?

    • BonusGift

      Do you really have no idea of the history of places such as Rhodesia or South Africa, or are you just pretending not to? Are you recommending we rename New England something else, New York, New Orleans, …? How about the Japanese revert place names back to Ainu names? Do the Chinese need to cede and/or rename territory they took from say Tibet or from Vietnam? … The renaming is often merely the final act of genocide, or rather it is often a final effect of a premeditated act of overall murder. Firstly, don’t be so cock sure you know who was first in a place like North or South America (whitey really got around BTW); and furthermore either borders are fixed and/or genocide is off limits or they are not and it’s all up for grabs and only “might makes right”. If it’s the latter then so declare it and let the games begin.

  • bubo

    There won’t be a Zimbabwe in a few short decades. It’s returning to the bush just as the Congo has.

    • Who Me?

      Then they will come here as refugees and settle in Minnesota.

      • Alexandra1973

        Or whatever state hands out the most “gibsmedat.”

  • Mergatroyd

    It is those who supported him, funded him, armed his minions and propped him up from behind the scenes that are responsible, as are those like Kissinger, with the full backing of the U.S. military, who threatened Ian Smith at a meeting in Switzerland, with an armed invasion if Whites didn’t cede everything they’d built in Rhodesia to violent blacks.

    You noticing these things is completely racist.

  • Erasmus

    Robert Mugabe can rename whatever he wants, but it still won’t change reality. Zimbabwe could rename itself heaven, but it would still be just a stinking dung heap.

    • Alexandra1973

      Come to think of it, I don’t think “Robert” is an African name. He should rename himself or go back to his real name if Robert is not.

  • saxonsun

    I still say Rhodesia, Bombay, Ceylon and Burma and always will. As an adjunct to this, I teach at a NYC college. A new course being offered is “The Abolition of Whiteness.” I was shocked to see that there’s a class openly preaching white genocide. If you want to destroy whiteness, you have to destroy the white race. And these monsters are preaching out extermination in colleges we built! And we allow it and go along with it.

    • M.

      Damn. How can a country go from Jim Crow and One-Drop laws to “abolish whiteness” in only 60 years time?!
      The marxists really worked their way, didn’t they!

    • LaSantaHermandad

      YOu don’t have to “go along”. Find other faculty and students who share your concerns and organize them to push back. Demonstrate. Raise HELL, Write your Reps., Stage walk outs, Harass the so called professors just like the Marxist zealots, Blacks , and the GLBT do.

      Which people do we need to be in order to save this society?
      a. People who make things happen.
      b. People who watch things happen.
      c. People who ask “WTF just happened?”
      d. None of the above.

      • saxonsun

        I’m a gay woman, so your last bit cannot work for me.

  • Tacitus1

    There goes my visit to Zimbabwe too. 🙁

  • LaSantaHermandad

    I wonder what Sub-Saharan Africa would be like today had the Europeans never been there?
    I’d guess that the population would be almost on the brink of extinction due to constant tribal warfare, diseases like Malaria, famine etc. Even though the Colonizers left infrastructure, letters, Universities, etc. their former “subjects” have made little progress that would ensure a future.
    With the exception of Burundi (?) and Kenya, ( now descending into the Hell of Islam) what other country had become reasonably successful?
    Zim is pretty well into famine and SA is not far behind.
    How far behind is the US?

  • Brian

    I live in a state named for a foreign king (Georgia) and have never had a problem with it. But then I like the English.

  • LaSantaHermandad

    “This has been on the cards for quite a while, but they didn’t want to go through with it while mandela is still around.”

    So has “Die Endlösung” to the “White Question”.
    Get ready for wholesale beating, gang raping, pre or post mortem genital mutilating, infant torching or scalding and knifing, shooting & Assegaiing. Sounds like what happened that night in Knoxville except for the Assegais. Africans are Africans even if they’ve never been there for generations. It’s in their DNA .
    And don’t expect any outrage from the left nor any response from the POTUS, AGOTUS, SOSOTUS or any of the MSM save perhaps for FOX.
    Too bad the Whites didn’t secretly caché some of their nukes.

  • itdoesnotmatter

    It is still Ayers rock to me. Always will be.

  • I don’t care whether they call it “Booga Booga Booga”, which means “booga booga booga” in Afritardistani. It says “Victoria Falls” in our atlases at home.

  • Michael Samuel

    Its sacred hallowed ground to the Aborigines just as Stonehenge is to the Celts!

    • The Aborigines did not build Ayers rock. They eventually just noticed it in the middle of the outback and thought it looked sorta cool. The Aboriginal word “Uluru” actually has no meaning whatsoever in the local Pitjantjatjara langauge. They might as well be calling it “Booga Booga Booga” while they’re at it.

  • ixObserver

    True about the name. Then again I can speak English not Zimbabwe’s language so I don’t know how nice it is or not in that language.

  • ixObserver

    Source please? I don’t need links, just mention the source.

  • Yet they never want to give up their Colonial citizenship.

  • ixObserver


    I understand what you are saying about the portraits but things of this nature seem inevitable when groups with conflicting interests live under one roof, especially when one ruled over the other historically. I see this in India as well, apart from other countries.

  • ixObserver

    I see. My understanding of American history is in broad strokes, not fine lines yet.

    Where will it end ? Hard to say. There are many possibilities – may end after secession in the White nation, may die off with time, may never end if US exists in the current form, maybe it will end when Whites assert, maybe when money dies out of the grievance industry. Also history repeats, so it may never end. Only time will tell.

    • PesachPatriot

      Your posts are usually pretty interesting to read and your english is probably a lot better than my hindi or sanskrit….I was sort of wondering how much(if any) american history is taught in the indian public school system and how are the important white figures like washington, jefferson, andrew jackson, lincoln, jefferson davis, robert e lee, us grant, sherman etc, presented? I hope you had a pleasant and festive diwali….

      • ixObserver

        Thank you. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas & have a happy new year! We get to study American, French, English and Russian revolutions in high school. All American figures such as George Washington, Lincoln, Booker Washington were portrayed positively. I don’t remember others we were taught back then. India’s establishment, media is super PC like America but people are not.

        So most figures are presented positively or neutrally. Any negative impressions are generally a result of cinema(in case of the British) or one’s own exploration (in case of Muslims). The distinction in curriculum is based on which system the school adheres to, central or state, not public or private.