Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali Characters
Djeli Mamadou KouyatéThe griot who tells the story of Sundiata.
SundiataThe hero of the epic and founder of the Mali Empire. Also known as Maghan Sundiata and Mari Djata and Naré Maghan Djata and Sogolon Djata.
Sogolon KedjouMother of Sundiata, and a great sorcerer.
Soumaoro KantéA great sorcerer king, and Sundiata's primary antagonist. Sundiata creates the Mali Empire by defeating him.
Sosso BallaSoumaoro's son and one of his chief generals.
Dankaran ToumanSon of Sassouma Bérété, half-brother to Sundiata, and king of Mali in his stead before Sundiata's exile.
Balla FassékéSundiata's griot, gifted to him by his father. The son of Maghan's griot Gnankouman Doua.
Maghan Kon FattaSundiata's father, also called Naré Maghan. King of Niani.
Sassouma BérétéMaghan Kon Fatta's first wife, the "queen mother" who forces Sundiata's exile.
Manding BorySon of Namandjé, half-brother to Sundiata and his best friend. An ally in the war with Soumaoro.
Gnankouman DouaThe griot of Sundiata's father, Maghan Kon Fatta.
NamandjéThird wife of Maghan Kon Fatta and mother to Manding Bory.
Nana TribanDaughter of Sassouma Bérété, half-sister to Sundiata and later his ally in the war against Soumaoro.
Fakoli KoromaNephew of Soumaoro. He rebels against his uncle when Soumaoro steals his wife.
Fran KamaraA childhood friend of Sundiata's. Later the king of Tabon and ally to Sundiata. Named Tabon Wana after he becomes king.
KamandjanA childhood friend of Sundiata's. Later the king of Sibi and ally to Sundiata.
Soumosso KonkombaLeader of the nine great witches of Mali.
Mansa KonkonThe king of Djedeba and a great sorcerer. He grants Sundiata and his family asylum in their exile but later reneges on the protection.
Moussa TounkaraThe king of Mema. He grants asylum to Sundiata and his family for many years. Sundiata becomes his viceroy and he learns much from the king.
NoumounkebaA tribal chief who defends Sosso after Soumaoro's defeat.
BilaliAn ancestor of Sundiata's. The conquerer of Mali.
FarakourouHead of the Mali ironsmiths (meaning a soothsayer). He gives Sundiata the iron rod that helps him stand.
NounfairiFather of Farakourou, a smith of Niani. He makes the iron rod that helps Sundiata stand.
Lahibatoul KalabiAn ancestor of Sundiata's. He brought grace on Mali through his pilgrimage to Mecca.
KolonkanDaughter of Sogolon, Sundiata's older sister.
Oulamba and OulaniThe two hunters who win Sogolon and grant her as wife to Maghan Kon Fatta.
DjamarouDaughter of Sogolon, Sundiata's youngest sister.
Mandjan BérétéSassouma's brother. He finds Sundiata in Ghana after Mali is occupied by Soumaoro Kanté.
Soumaba CisséKing of Wagadou. He gives half of his men to Sundiata to fight Soumaoro Kanté.
Singbin Mara CisséA divine of the court who tells tales of Alexander the Great to Sundiata as they travel from Ghana to defeat Soumaoro Kanté.
KeleyaMagician wife of Fakoli Koroma who is stolen by Soumaoro Kanté.
Kita MansaThe king of Kita, protected by the jinn of a great mountain. He refuses to offer submission to Sundiata, who defeats him and drinks of Kita's magic pool of water.
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