I will tell you a story of two oceans. One lies towards the lands of Nubia, the other where the sun falls from the sky: the known and the unknown. Within their waters raged the blood of two brothers.-Djeliba Mamadou Kouyate. The year is 1307. The Great Mansa of Mali has unexpectedly died, and the vast empire wavers with instability. It is Abubakari II who inherits the rule of
It is 238 B.C. The First Punic War has ended and dark times have befallen the great African empire of Carthage. The struggle with Rome for domination of the Mediterranean has left the Carthaginians with shrinking provincial territories and increasing tributes to their merciless northern enemies... the Romans. The famed Carthaginian
General Hamilcar Barca has sworn to never give in to these conquerors... and to destroy Rome at all costs. His eldest son, Hannibal, shall be his weapon. At the age of nine, Hannibal is torn from his tight circle of brothers and whisked away to study the strategies of warfare with his father in the distant land of Hispania. And over the next twenty years, a warrior is fashioned... a warrior is born. Two men in history brought the Roman Empire to their knees. One was the son of a carpenter. The other was the son of Hamilcar. This is the story of the greatest military strategist that ever lived... Hannibal.
Mali from his beloved father. As his Mandingo warriors storm the citadel of Djenne, the last obstacle in the Keita clan's complete rule of the region, Abubakari reveals his childhood ambition of exploring the "Great Sea of Darkness" to the west. Viewed as madness by some, his dream severs the unity of the empire and sends the young ruler clashing with his least expected adversary...his brother. Based on a true story.
The Lion's Brood:
The Story of Hannibal