My photo is on the book cover of Vamba Sherif’s new book The Black Napoleon: An important part of African history based on the story of Samori Toure (1830–1900), labelled ‘The Black Napoleon’ by French military leaders in West Africa in that time. The fact that a man of humble beginnings would rise up from the heart of Koniyan in present-day Guinea and go on to conquer an area almost the size of Europe is extraordinary in every sense.