Sundiata's First Steps

Sundiata's First Steps
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  • Help yourself, poor woman. At 7, my son could walk and bring me baobab leaves!
  • May I please use some baobab leaves?
  • What is wrong with you mother?
  •  Will you ever walk? Sassouma has humiliated me over your disability.
  • I will walk today! Go to my father's blacksmith and get what is destined for me. Mother, for your sorrows do you want baobab leaves or the whole tree?
  • To get rid of my humiliation, I would need the whole tree.
  • Sogolon Kedjou was short on condiments and went to the queen to ask for some baobab leaves. The queen mother insults Sogolon Kedjou and made her upset.
  • The long awaited day is among us! Arise and may everyone know you are their master!
  • So in distraught from her humiliation, she starts to weep and hits Mari Djata with a piece of wood.
  • Mari Djata declares that he is going to walk today. He tells them to go to his father's blacksmith and get him the heaviest possible iron rod. He promises his mother that he will bring her a baobab tree for her troubles.
  • The rod had already been prepared for they knew this time was to come. The master smith, Farakourou, sent six of his apprentices with the rod to Mari Djata. Balla Fasseke , who went to the blacksmith, told Mari Djata his destined words.
  • Everyone is coming out of their houses to see in he is really going to do it. He puts all his effort in to standing that he bent the iron bar.
  • Then, He starts to take his steps .
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