Mansa Musa

by George Brown IV

Musa I (c. 1280 – c. 1337), was the tenth Mansa, which translates as "King of kings or "Emperor", of the wealthy Mali empire. At the time of mansa Musa's rise to the throne, the Malian Empire consisted of territory formerly belonging to the Ghana empire and Melle and immediate surrounding areas, and Musa held many titles, including: Emir of Melle, Lord of the Mines of Wangara, and Conqueror of Ghanata, Futa-Jallon, and at least another dozen. Musa was referred to and is most commonly found as Mansa Musa in Western manuscripts and literature. His name also appears as Kankou Musa, Kankan Musa or Kanku Musa which means "Musa , son of Kankou", where Kankou is the name of his mother. Other alternatives go on as Mali-koy Kankan Musa, Gonga Musa, and the Lion of mali.

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