Mali – where the richest man in the history lived


Africa, Africa, … Africa! I just can’t get enough of this amazing continent. Even though It has a lot to offer, yet very few outsiders dare to take the journey and visit it! You’ll find amazing stories about great countries in Africa, in its category on DB.

If someone asks which country represents the African culture the best, your first answer might be Egypt or Ethiopia which is partially true, but did you know that Mali has once been the center of a great African empire called “Mali Empire” where “Mansa Musa I of Mali” ruled as its tenth Emperor who is officially the richest man of all times? Mansa Musa’s net worth is believed to be more than $400 Billion! That’s like 4 times more than Bill Gates, the richest man in the world now!

Let’s see what else this historical country has that we still have no clue about!

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Recent history of Mali

In recent history, Mali was annexed to France West African territories and it has been that way until June 20, 1960, when Mali became independent and restarted its journey as a sovereign nation.
Today, the government is somewhat Democratic, but there’s still a lot of room to grow. It could still have good relations with France, as well as Its neighbors. There has been a civil war in the country but now, the situation is much better, but if you’re planning to travel there, you’d have to be cautious in some areas of southwestern of the country.

People in Mali

The country is diverse, made up of different African tribes. The country’s official language is French whereas there are 15 other languages are considered as national languages, but not official.

People are mostly Muslim with only %5 being Christian but regardless of their religions, they still carry their traditional beliefs and festivals with them until today.

What to do in Mali

Timbuktu in Mali

Timbuktu is one of the jewels of mankind’s history, holding the historical sites of the Mali Empire. The whole city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

National Museum of Mali

Located in Mali’s capital, Bamako, this Museum showcased the history of Mali, as well as the ritual objects, dress, and musical instruments of the country’s ethnic groups.

Musee Nationale du Mali

Bandiagara Escarpment in Mali

This area is where the Dogon People live. they are a tribe with traditions going back to a few thousand years ago! If you’d like to visit their Villages, you’ll be accompanied by a local tour guide and can sleep in the hostels made for tourists in some of the villages. This area is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1989!

Bandiagara escarpment 1Dogon12

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16 thoughts on “Mali – where the richest man in the history lived

  1. I find this post about Mansa Musa fascinating. I read about him before and have seen some videos on YouTube. I would love to see where he had lived. They say when he took his famous journey to Mecca, he passed out so much gold to the masses that it disrupted the economy of Egypt. Really interesting guy.

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    1. Right. He had an interesting life. the reason for that is that he left too much gold there in Egypt! It was good for people at first but after a while their economy got hit and it took them 12 years to recover it! lol

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  2. I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for following my blog and I think I found the whole world on yours! 🙂 How interesting all of this is, and I will be sure and come back! Thank you for sharing it all. God bless, SR

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      1. Well tonight I got pure “mad,” and am sorry about that. I try not to get that way, but when it comes to babies I will be their voice if it kills me! I found your blog just soothing and beautiful. God Bless, SR

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