Mandinka

Categories: Ethnicities

The Mandinka are spread throughout West Africa, stretching over a large horseshoe-shaped area starting from their home in Gambia, extending through the southeastern region of Senegal, bending across the northern and southern sections of Guinea and Mali, extending through northern Sierra Leone, then descending into northwestern Ivory Coast. Together, with other Mande peoples like the Bambara, the Dyula, the Kuranko, the Kono, they believe that they originated from an area in the extreme west of Mali, descending from lineages of the great Mali empire.

Synonyms:
Malinké, Manden, Mandeng, Mandenka, Mandika, Manding, Mandingo, Mandingue, Mandinko, Mandino, Maninka, Maninkaalu, Socé, Sossé
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