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.
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.
Did you know that the word Ghana means "Warrior King" and is derived from the ancient Ghana Empire? Ghana was inhabited in pre-colonial times by a number of ancient kindoms. However the predominant one is Akan kingdom which still has a great influence on the country. Prior to contact with Europeans trade between various African states flourished due to Akan gold wealth.
AFRICAN KING SERIES by International Photographer James C. Lewis AFRICAN KING SERIES | King Tenkamenin of Ghana (1037-1075 AD) Through careful management of gold trade across the Sahara, Tenkamenin’s empire flourished economically yet his greatest strength was in government. He listened to his people and provided justice for all of them. His principles of democratic monarchy and religious tolerance make him one of the great models of African rule. | Model: Ebai Ayuk-Enow