When we usually discuss Black History we usually talk about well-known individuals like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Sojourner Truth, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Harriett Tubman to name a few.
We go over our physical slavery and its effects, segregation and the Civil Rights movement. All played very important parts in the development of our culture and history, but what about before America? You really didn’t believe our history began at slavery, did you? Or did you believe that Negro people only lived in grass huts and danced around fires? I respect my tribal brothers and sisters as well, as they live life in pure simplicity. However, our history is much richer. We are the mothers and fathers of civilization, science, mathematics, and arts.
When we think of the wealthiest people in the world, we most often think of the Waltons (of Wal-Mart fame), Warren Buffett, or Bill Gates. However, if you go a bit further back in history, you’ll discover that the wealth of the kings, queens, and rulers of yesteryear trumps the bank accounts of most modern day millionaires and even billionaires by a mile.
In fact, during his time, one man controlled more wealth than Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and the most wealthy member of the Walton family, Sam Walton, combined. That man was Mansa Musa I. With an adjusted net worth of approximately $400 billion, Musa is without a doubt the richest man to have ever lived. So who was he? And why haven’t you heard more about him?
Musa Keita I (c. 1280 – c. 1337) was the tenth Mansa, which translates as “sultan” (king), “conqueror”, or Emperor of the wealthy West African Mali Empire. At the time of Musa’s rise to the throne, the Malian Empire consisted of territory formerly belonging to the Ghana Empire in present-day southern Mauritania and in Melle (Mali ) and the immediate surrounding areas. Musa held many titles, including Emir of Melle, Lord of the Mines of Wangara, Conqueror of Ghanata, and at least a dozen others.
It is said that Mansa Musa had conquered 24 cities, each with surrounding districts containing villages and estates, during his reign. During his reign Mali may have been the largest producer of gold in the world at a point of exceptional demand. One of the richest people in history, he is known to have been enormously wealthy; reported as being inconceivably rich by contemporaries, “There’s really no way to put an accurate number on his wealth”
Mansa Musa was the ruler of Malian Empire which has an estimated net worth of $400 billion. He is referred to as The Richest Man of All Time.
Mansa Musa is the tenth Mansa. The reason why the King appointed Musa as his deputy because he did an expedition to the Atlantic Ocean.When Musa embarked himself on a journey, aside from his own religious fulfilment, but he also recruited leaders and teachers so that his people must learn more about the teachings of the Prophet.
He is known as a devoted Muslim. His pilgrimage to Mecca in 1324 was known across northern Africa and the Middle East.The said journey to Mecca was documented by a lot of eyewitnesses wherein they astonished on the extensive procession. In 1324, he also visited with the Mamluk sultan Al-Nasir Muhammad of Egypt.When he returned from his journey from Mecca in 1325, he was told that his army recaptured of Gao. Musa visited the city made a detour and visited the city and brought the two sons of the Gao king to Niani.
He built mosques and madrasas in Timbuktu and Gao. Some of the buildings he made during his reign were the ancient centre of learning Sankore Madrasah or University of Sankore, and Hall of Audience in Niani.
Also during his reign, he accomplished the build up of Timbuktu wherein it became a centre of trade, culture, and Islam.
Mansa Musa I of Mali was born during the period of the 1280s. He died on 1337. He has two sons. By the end of Mansa Musa’s reign, the Sankoré University had been converted into a fully staffed University with the largest collections of books in Africa since the Library of Alexandria. The Sankoré University was capable of housing 25,000 students and had one of the largest libraries in the world with roughly 1,000,000 manuscripts.
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