Sundiata wasn’t the strongest, fastest or most handsome yet he beat the odds to become the founder of Mali, forefather of Timbuktu and an unlikely victor in a long line of future kings. In fact, Sundiata took his first step at 7 years old. Sundiata’s talent was that he was good to people who weren’t good to him. His good heart, tolerance and sincerity united the neighboring conflicting tribes.
Even though he was Muslim, Sundiata celebrated the Christian and pagean religions of his kingdom. His inclusive policies attracted scholars from all over the world and filled the nascent halls of Timbuktu. Most importantly Sundiata made it safe for the caravan processions to travel from the goldfields through Asia to Europe. Generations prospered from Sundiata’s rule. His great nephew Mansa Musa became the only man in history to single handedly control the world's gold supply.
This collection is inspired by the literary work Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali. We celebrate the heritage and heroism of the Malinese and acknowledge contiributions to modern day society.