Most Sierra Leonean Mandingo are the direct descendants of Mandinka settlers from Guinea , who settled in the north and eastern part of Sierra Leone, beginning in the late s, under the rule of prominent Mandinka Muslim cleric Samori Ture. Also later a significantly large population of Mandinka from Guinea migrated and settled in Eastern Sierra Leone and Northern Sierra Leone in the early to mid 20th century. Islam has become the basis of their religious and cultural practices. The Mandingo are well known for their conservative Islamic tradition. The Mandingo people of Sierra Leone are predominantly traders and rural subsistence farmers.
He connected with Tiger because he was "gorgeous, he had great legs, and he was well-endowed. The student at Lindenwood University in the St. Louis suburb of St. Charles quickly recognized that in real life, Tiger Mandingo was also a student at his school: Michael Johnson, a recent transfer student on Lindenwood's wrestling team. They hooked up later that month in Johnson's dorm room, where, the student said, Johnson told him he was "clean.
The Mandinka or Malinke also known as Maninka , Manding , Mandingo , Mandenka , Dioula , Bambara and Mandinko  are a West African ethnic group with an estimated global population of 32 million the other three largest ethnic groups in Africa being the unrelated Fula , Hausa and Songhai peoples. The Mandinka are the descendants of the Mali Empire , which rose to power in the 13th century under the rule of king Sundiata Keita who founded an empire which would go on to span the large part of West Africa. They migrated west from the Niger River in search of better agricultural lands and more opportunities for conquest. Although widespread, in most countries the Mandinka are not the largest ethnic group,  except in The Gambia , Mali and Guinea where they constitute the largest ethnic group.