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.
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.
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).
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
Country Board Part 2- 5.) The Mali Empire originated from the Western African empire of the Mandinka people, before it was given its current name. I chose this picture because it shows Sundiata Keita, the founder of the West African empire. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Mali
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.