Mansa Musa as a Malian King

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Musa was born a member of the Keita clan that had ruled Mali for long and practised Islam (Magil 2012). The most significant episode in his reign was during a visit to Mecca for hajj. His devotion to religion was very strong such that he built many mosques in the empire when he became king. According to manuscripts, Musa enlarged the kingdom of Mali to great extents. He captured major centers like Timbuktu that would emerge as a historical and commercial center in the empire.Mansa Musa was also known and commended for his generosity. He gave away treasures like gold to people who were in need. During hajj, the emperor would give the needy part of the gold that he brought along. It was a sign of goodwill and concerned for the people in need. This earned is a great reputation from Mali to Cairo. Moreover, he had a spendthrift attitude in his expeditions wherein one instance. he spent massive amounts of gold in Egypt such that its value depreciated for 12 yearsMansa Musa used a participatory approach to leadership in Mali. He was actively engaged in every development aspect that affected Mali. The king was at the center of all the activities that enhanced the Mali position as a strategic trading empire in North Africa. His attentive attitude to every issue affecting the empire positioned him in the best situation to act in case of need.Mansa Musa participatory approach can be proved through the fact that he conquered many kingdoms of strengthening the empire. Consequently, he sourced the best brains to enhance development in the Empire. In one incident, while on the return journey from Cairo, he sourced an Arab architect, Abu Ishak al-Swahili, who would become the lead architect in designing Malian mosques (Magil 2012).The hands-on approach by the emperor ensured the sustenance of the kingdom despite the many conquered in Europe. Mali continued to develop under the watch of Mansa Musa.