The Rise of the Great King

The Rise of the Great King
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Storyboard Description

This storyboard is about the scene in which Sogolon is insulted, and Sundiata has stood up on both of his legs so that he can make his mother cheer up.

Storyboard Text

  • Look you, I have a calabash full. Help yourself, you poor woman.
  • Can I please have some baobab leaves?
  • As for me, my son knew how to walk at the age of seven and it was he who went and picked these baobab leaves.
  • After Nare Maghan's death, Sassouma became queen until her son was mature enough to rule. Sogolon was kicked out of the palace and she lived in a hut. One day, she ran out of baobab leaves, so she asked Sassouma for some. 
  • Oh son of misfortune, will you never walk? Through your fault, I have just suffered the greatest affront of my life.  
  • Sassouma Berete began insulting Sogolon's son.
  • I can't cheer up.
  • Mother, do you just want the leaves of the baobab or would you rather I brought you the whole tree?
  • Sogolon was embarrassed as she walked back to her house.
  • Here is the great day, Mari Djata. Arise, young, roar, and may the bush know that from henceforth it has a master.
  • Due to anger and embarrassment, Sogolon beats Sundiata with a wooden stick.
  • In order to cheer his mother up, Sundiata promises to bring his mother a baobab tree.
  • After hearing this statement from Sundiata, Balla Fasseke runs to the blacksmith and retrieve's an iron bar. The iron bar had to be lifted up by six black smiths.
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