The name of Napoleon (the French emperor) is familiar to me. Two hundred years ago he was defeated at the battle of Waterloo (present-day Belgium). But I did not know about a man nicknamed ‘The Black Napoleon’.
Next month a novel on this man will be presented. The book has been written by the Dutch-Liberian (or Liberian-Dutch) writer Vamba Sherif. The man who has been compared to Napoleon is Samori Toure (1830 – 1900). Toure was from presentday Guinea and he conquered a large area, comparable to the size of Europe. He was fighting against the French and the British powers.