Chief Batohma Sheriff according to speakers at the event has been very much instrumental and supportive to the Mandingo tribesmen and women across the district and many believe that there is none other that is fit to lead and represent them in all sectors than Chief Sheriff.
Representing the Karina Section were the eldest relative of Chief Batohma and the Ttown Chief of Karina Papis Fofanah to endorse the well respected fine old man under the distinguished Grand Chief Patronage of Chairman Momoh Konte.
The Mandingo tribe, also known as Malinke, Mandinka, Maninka or Manding is a West African tribe, supposed to have links with the ancient Central Saharan lineage. They are Africa's most prominent ethno-linguistic group, occupying large parts of Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Chad, and Niger. The Mandingoes are a branch of the Mandé ethnic group, which also comprises several other ethno-lingual communities such as Bozo, Bambara, Kpelle, and Ligbi. The language they speak is called Mandi'nka kango, and it belongs to the Niger-Congo family of languages. Sometimes, because it is the language of the Mandingo/Mandinka tribe, it is also casually referred to as the Mandingo/Mandinka language.
The Mandingo people are supposed to be the descendants of the inhabitants of the Mali Empire, believed to have thrived from 1230 A.D. to 1600 A.D.
Today, with the introduction of western education, quite a number of Mandingo tribesmen like Chief Batohma Sheriff have risen through the ranks to lead their respective countries to independence from their colonial masters. Some of them have also achieved international repute. Bearing a powerful history of numerous centuries, the tribe continues to make greater strides and rise to prominence.