Learn about Mansa Musa

Learn about Mansa Musa

Mansa Musa, a real innovator!

Mansa Musa Builds a School is a fictional story based on a real-life innovator, Mansa Musa, Emperor of Mali, West Africa. He established the University of Sankore, a centre of culture and learning, which drew in scholars of language, law, astronomy and mathematics. The university was recorded to have the largest collections of books in Africa.

Musa conquered 24 cities, along with their surrounding districts. During Musa's reign, Mali may have been the largest producer of gold in the world, and Musa has been considered one of the wealthiest historical figures.

5 Interesting facts about Mali 🇲🇱

  • Mali is the biggest country in West Africa, roughly twice the size of Texas, the second-largest American state.

  • The capital city of Mali is Bamako, which lies on the banks of the Niger River.

  • Mali has more than ten ethnic groups, including the Bambara (34%), Fulani (15%), Sarakole (11%) and Senufo (10%).

  • Dance has an important role in Mali. Ceremonial events are celebrated with traditional mask dances. The Dogon people of central Mali have more than 75 different ritual masks.

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Award Winning Books

Our purpose is to inspire the next generation to learn about and celebrate African history and culture though fun and engaging books, songs and animations.

Activity Books

A collection of four activity books inspired by the story Africa’s Little Kings & Queens. Each activity book contains 20 pages of printable activities and colouring pages and an answer page at the back.