In 1327, Musa hired the architect Abu Ishaq al-Sahili, who designed the Djinguereber Mosque in Timbuktu.
Musa was also known for his powerful army, which conquered the Algerian city of Tlemcen.
Mali was one of Africa’s great empires and had lots of natural resources.
Mansa Musa was the tenth ruler of the Mali Empire, ascending to the throne in 1312.
Musa was the only person in history to directly control the price of gold and taxed mining. He put Mali on the map as a centre of learning through his construction of important buildings.