Born in Senegal, he began working as a carver in 1974. His mother was born in Mali, where one of his brothers is still living. Until 1984, his brother lived in Mali with their mother, so he decided to join him and learnt about the Malian art. He lived there between 1987 and 1997, when he travelled to the Gambia, encouraged by another brother living there. The tourism in Gambia, compared to that in Mali, was stronger and his talent would be better appreciated. He wanted to bring this culture to the Gambia and that is why he depicts Malian tribes in his work.