1 -The Dormittory of N'bemba Alfa Kabinè
Kaba, the founder and Saint-owner of Kankan
2-Tree crowned closed to "Mbemba Koro", Tomb of N'bemba Alfa Kabinè Kaba
3- familial domaine of Sherifs, father and son in Kankan
Kankan is a town of approximately 25.000 inhabitants, which extends on the left river of Milo, on a surface of almost 2.500 hectares.
Its situation of hinged slab of High-Guinea and the attraction of Cheick-Sherif and Mohamed Fanta Mahdy made a city of it where the originating ones in all the French and foreign African territories are elbowed.
The autochtones are tradesmen and farmers. Before the opening of the roads Zérékoré-Monrovia and Kissidougou-Dabola, Kankan was the metropolis of the conveyors. The craftsmen, in particular the workers in ivory and the jewellers, are many and prosperous there.
KANKAN: Capital of
High-Guinea, it is the second town of Guinea from the point of view of
the importance. It has been just set up in Commune of full exercise.
Its urban equipment continues (roadway system, water conveyance, electrification,
and European elements start to build rather significant buildings there.
In their turn, the populations gradually replace their straw dormittories
by houses into hard sheet glazes. (see proof photos). By putting at the
shelter many fire damages during the dry season, that improves the conditions
of hygiene, and habitability. But the means available to these populations
are limited and it would be desirable that the Real estate company of Guinea
thanks to which Conakry changes, extends its action more to it.
Daouda Kaba, had an only son named Fodé Mamoudouba Kaba called "Fode Toman", which, in Malinké, wants to say homonymous of Fode (Fode Mamoudouba). Fode Toman had in his turn four boys whose descendants gave rise to the four current districts of Kankan:
1.Timboda, which draws its
name from Timbo, residence of Almamy of Fouta,
2- Kabada, probably
souvenir of Kaba, last Capital of the empire of Mali on
3- Banankoroda (under the cheesemonger)
4- Salamanida: Near the pool (pond) of Salamani , which was in the east of the
When Kankan was besieged by the troops of Almamy Samory, Karamoko Dai Kaba, one of sons of Alfa Mamoudou , went to the front in Ségou, and the city was occupied by the French Army in 1891.
With the religious point
of view, Kankan owes its current radiation in Cheick Mohamed Chérif
called "the Sherif". The Sherif, dead on September 8, 1955, was certainly
of his time the most popular Marabout and more venerated of Guinea and
the close Territories. His ancestor, Sherif Lamine, an Arab, camefrom
Mauritania to visit to the local Marabouts by propagating the litanies
of "Qadria". His son, Alkaly Mahamoud, was versed in legal sciences and
provided of this fact the functions of judge Kankan. It is probably of
him that Rene Caillié mentioned in his relation travel to Tombouctou.
His son, Karamoko Sidiki, married in Samatikya (Ivory Coast) named Fanta,
which was to give the day to Mohamed Chérif called Fanta-Mady or
Mamadi, son of Fanta) whose holiness appeared about 1922. Then, he had
a great maraboutic influence which attracted to him, of the close countries,
the students and many visitors. Those carried much gifts to him:
horses, money, gold, carpets, clothes, etc... that he distributed at once
in his environment. He was a virtuous man , charitable, liked brotherhood.
In his prayers, he always blessed France which he always regarded as
the best of the nations. With his death he was buried in the dormitory
where he was collected every day. His concession, to which the street of
the Mosque on the Southern side leads, is recognized by a monumental gate
of the Eastern style. His children grouped around their elder brother El
Hadj Sidiki Chérif and devote themselves to Islamism. His spiritual
succession is not yet assured. According to the old ones, the town of Kankan
will shelter always simultaneously two saints: one, which will present
the signs external of Holiness the other remaining hidden, in accordance
with this malinké proverb: "a mountain is not seen behind the other".
These Saints can be families other than those their predecessors. Some
time after the death of the first, the second must necessarily appear.
It is what currently awaited in Kankan.