7 Medieval African Kingdoms Everyone Should Know About While Europe was experiencing its Dark Ages, a period of intellectual, cultural and economic regression from the sixth to the 13th centuries, Africans were experiencing an almost continent-wide renaissance after the decline of the Nile Valley civilizations of Egypt and Nubia.
1930s Ghana: A young King Otumfuo Osei Agyeman Prempeh II, King of Asante, 1931- 1970. In 1931, the year of his installation, he immediately began to work for the restoration of Asante Confederacy, which was accomplished in 1935. Accordingly his status was raised from that of Kumasihene to Asantehene. This was one of his greatest achievements. During his reign he managed to get large parts of Asante lands, which had been taken over by the British restored to the Golden Stool (more at link).
The Empire of Ghana, was centered in what is the modern country of Mali, where complex societies existed as far back as 1,500 B.C. The domestication of the camel, hundreds of years before Arabs, facilitated trade over vast distances of gold, ivory and salt. Merchants paid taxes to the king, making him on of the wealthiest rulers in the world.
King Mansa Musa I (Emperor) was an important Malian king, ruling from 1312 to 1337 Musa ruled the Mali Empire his worth the equivalent of $400 billion in today’s currency, which makes him the richest man in the last 1000 years of human history -a master businessman & economist gained his wealth through Mali’s supply of gold, salt and ivory, the main commodities for most of the world during that time. Shaka, king of the Zulus (1787) inherited the throne of father Zulu Chief Senzangakhona.
10 Key Factors That Led to the Fall of the Great Ghana Empire You Probably Didn’t Know | According to Dr. Chancellor Williams in his book, The Destruction of Black Civilizations, these are some of the internal and external causes that led to the fall of the great Ghana Empire.