West Africa is known as the region of Africa, that consists of four independent english speaking countries of Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Gambia; and also the Independent french speaking countries of Monitorial, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Guinea, Upper Volta, Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin and Guinea Bissau.
In Mali, Mansa Kankan Musa was perhaps known as the greatest ruler of the empire, that ascended the imperial thrown in about 1312. A grandson of Abubakar who was the immediate predecessor of Mansa Sakura. Mansa Kankan Musa was in the direct line of decent from the founder of the empire.
He occupied Timbuktu, and received the homage of Gao in 1325. Walata and Taghaza came under Mali jurisdiction in his reign.
One of the Mansa Musa's great contribution to Mali history, was the spread of it's fame and prestige Abroad. His fame and prestige was done largely by his pilgrimage to Mecca between 1324 and 1326.
On his pilgrimage to Mecca, he took an escort of about 60,000 frontiers and servant. Wherever he stopped on Friday, he paid for the construction of mosques and his party spend so much gold in karo(Egypt) that the value of the precious meta fell there.
As the legendary he was, he made Islam the official religion of Mali city, and h was strict in observing the 5 pillars of Islam.
Mansa Musa died in 1337 before the coming of the Europeans.
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