Mansa Musa was a ruler of African descent and made profound accomplishments. Some would argue he created an empire that only a few are aware of. The Songhai and Mali Empire reached great heights of achievement during his reign. Mansa Musa is remembered for his extravagant hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. A gold laden Musa, lowered the value of gold in the region for several years. Cairo, Egypt held a diplomatic visit involving Mansa Musa, his generosity and piety, as well as the fine clothes and exemplary behavior of his followers, left a profound impression.
In the 14th year of his reign(1324), he set out on a pilgrimage that awakened the world to the vast wealth of Mali. Mansa Musa was accompanied by a caravan consisting of 60,000 men, including a personal regiment of 12,000 slaves, all clad in brocade and Persian silk. He also brought with him 30,000 pounds of gold. Each of his 500 hundred attendants carried a 6 pound staff of solid gold. The Cairo that Mansa Musa visited was ruled over by one of the greatest of Mamluk sultans, Al-Mali an-Na sir.
"The strength of this ruler of African descent; would instill pride in young Black men today. Maybe the pronounce societal ills of the day would ease with this knowledge. Mansa Musa would be similar to a refined and non-violent Alexander the Great. We could use his piety in this day of age. He was known as a just ruler by his people, unfortunately his legacy was left to an incompetent ruler. Our society suffers from an un-just set of circumstances. It becomes duly important to balance the Euro centric depiction of individuals of African/Kemet descent"(Bradford, Leighton).