What is known about the kings of the Malian Empire is taken from the writings of Arab scholars, including Al-Umari, Abu-sa’id Uthman ad-Dukkali, Ibn Khaldun, and Ibn Battuta. According to Ibn-Khaldun’s comprehensive history of the Malian kings, Mansa Musa’s grandfather was Abu-Bakr Keita (the Arabic equivalent to Bakari or Bogari, original name unknown − not thesahabiyy Abu Bakr), a brother of Sundiata Keita, the founder of the Malian Empire as recorded through oral histories. Abu-Bakr did not ascend the throne, and his son, Musa’s father, Faga Laye, has no significance in theHistory of Mali.
Mansa Musa Keita came to the throne through a practice of appointing a deputy when a king goes on his pilgrimage to Mecca or some other endeavor, and later naming the deputy as heir.
According to primary sources, Musa was appointed deputy of Abubakari Keita II, the king before him, who had reportedly embarked on an expedition to explore the limits of the Atlantic Ocean, and never returned.
The Arab-Egyptian scholar Al-Umari quotes Mansa Musa as follows:
“The ruler who preceded me did not believe that it was impossible to reach the extremity of the ocean that encircles the earth (the Atlantic Ocean). He wanted to reach that (end) and was determined to pursue his plan. So he equipped two hundred boats full of men, and many others full of gold, water and provisions sufficient for several years. He ordered the captain not to return until they had reached the other end of the ocean, or until he had exhausted the provisions and water. So they set out on their journey. They were absent for a long period, and, at last just one boat returned. When questioned the captain replied: ‘O Prince, we navigated for a long period, until we saw in the midst of the ocean a great river which was flowing massively.. My boat was the last one; others were ahead of me, and they were drowned in the great whirlpool and never came out again. I sailed back to escape this current.’ But the Sultan would not believe him. He ordered two thousand boats to be equipped for him and his men, and one thousand more for water and provisions. Then he conferred the regency on me for the term of his absence, and departed with his men, never to return nor to give a sign of life.”
Musa’s son and successor, Mansa Magha Keita, was also appointed deputy during Musa’s pilgrimage.
When you are making reference to the richest person in history and you failed to mention Mansa Musa, be rest assured that more than hundred historians will shut you down.
It was from one of this discussion that I came across the name Mansa Musa who is the undisputed richest man in history times. During his reign he conquered about 24 cities including villages and Estates, some belonging to the Ghana Empire.
At this time Mali Was The word’s number one Producer of gold.
The only reputable record about Musa’s wealth was that his wealth cannot be measured.
When I read that I was disturbed. How can someone’s wealth can’t be measured?
Who might this person be and how did he managed to amass such a fortune in his life time.
To this question the record above prove that Mansa was just an ordinary man before he was luckily appointed by his boss as a temporary representative.
When his boss sailed off to the ocean and never came back Musa seised rule of the Mali Empire with already made gold and became it king and got so filthy rich from there.
So now what is the difference between Musa and his fellow colleagues who were on his levels before his appointment?
Or what do they have in common?
Because the only difference between Musa and his ill-fated colleagues Was The call of Musa’s boss. Just that call alone Musa metamorphosed to another level.
But deep down Musa will have it in mind that his colleagues are just like him. They have so many things in common apart from the fact that he is now in higher throne than.
But the fact still remains that they all have so many things in common. Musa is no better than them.
Phillip ‘s wife the mother of Alexandria the great knew that her husband who was the ruler of Athens in the ancient time was not that different from his son Alexandria.
She has spent her whole life studying these two men. And she realised that the father and the son both have so many things in common. Even though Philip was a great king then.
But Alex mom knew that what Philip can do Alex can do even better. So she took the risk in murdering Philip in favor of Alex.
The bottom line here is that if Philip has exhibited a far more significant persona than Alex while he was a king his wife wouldn’t have taken his life for his son to rule.
But Philip on several occasions proved that he was just a motal man and was very easy to be killed like a court servant.
So it’s a good thing to know that, afterall the rich are no different from you. Because you both have so many hings income, things like:
- Your brain
- Your vision
- Your guts
- Your dreams
- You believe
- You tenacity
Having this great knowledge wherever you go will make you be at rest when ever you encounter a rich person.
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