Musa I of Mali

Mansa Musa
Catalan Atlas BNF Sheet 6 Mansa Musa.jpg
Musa depicted holding a gold coin from the 1375 Catalan Atlas.
Mansa of Mali
Reignc.1312–1337 (25 years)
PredecessorAbubakari II
SuccessorMaghan Musa
Diedc. 1337
SpouseInari Kunate
IssueMaghan Musa
HouseKeita Dynasty
FatherFaga Laye[1]

Musa I (c. 1280—c. 1337) or Mansa Musa was the tenth Mansa, which translates to "sultan", "conqueror",[2] or "emperor",[3][4][5][6][7] of the wealthy West African Islamic Mali Empire. At the time of Musa's rise to the throne, the Malian Empire consisted of territory formerly belonging to the Ghana Empire in present-day southern Mauritania and in Melle (Mali) and the immediate surrounding areas. Musa held many titles, including "Emir of Melle", "Lord of the Mines of Wangara", "Conqueror of Ghanata", and at least a dozen others.[8] Mansa Musa conquered 24 cities, each with surrounding districts containing villages and estates.[9] During his reign, Mali may have been the largest producer of gold in the world; it was at a point of exceptional demand for the commodity. One of the richest people in history,[10] he is known to have been enormously wealthy; reported as being inconceivably rich by contemporaries, Time magazine reported: "There's really no way to put an accurate number on his wealth."[11]


Musa Keita was referred to (and is most commonly found) as Mansa Musa in Western manuscripts and literature. His name also appears as Kankou Musa, Kankan Musa, and Kanku Musa. "Kankou" is a popular Manding female name, thus Kankou Musa reads "Musa whose mother was Kankou".

Other alternatives are Mali-koy Kankan Musa, Gonga Musa, and the Lion of Mali.[12][13]

Other Languages
العربية: منسا موسى
asturianu: Mansa Musa
تۆرکجه: مانسا موسی
bamanankan: Kanku Musa
Bân-lâm-gú: Musa 1-sè
български: Муса I
bosanski: Mansa Musa
brezhoneg: Kanga Moussa
català: Mansa Musa I
čeština: Mansá Músa
Deutsch: Mansa Musa
español: Mansa Musa
français: Kanga Moussa
한국어: 만사 무사
Hausa: Mansa Musa
հայերեն: Մանսա Մուսա
Bahasa Indonesia: Mansa Musa
italiano: Mansa Musa
ქართული: მუსა I
Latina: Mansa Musa
Nederlands: Mansa Moussa
norsk: Mansa Musa
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Mansa Muso
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਮੰਸਾ ਮੂਸੀ
پنجابی: منسا موسی
polski: Mansa Musa
português: Mansa Musa
русский: Манса Муса
Simple English: Mansa Musa
suomi: Mansa Musa
svenska: Mansa Moussa
తెలుగు: మన్సా మూసా I
Türkçe: Musa (Mansa)
українська: Манса Муса
Tiếng Việt: Mansa Musa