The richest man ever in the history of Humanity is African.
His Name is Mansa Musa, Emperor of the 14th century Mali Empire which covered modern day Mali, Senegal, Gambia, and Guinea.
At the time of his death in 1331, Mansa Musa was worth the equivalent of 400 billion dollars. Before European invasion of Africa, Mali Empire was producing more than half the world’s supply of salt and gold.
When Mansa Musa went on a pilgrimage to Mecca in 1324 he carried so much gold, and spent them so lavishly that the price of gold fell for ten years.
He founded the library of Timbuktu, and the famous manuscripts of Timbuktu which cover all areas of world knowledge were written during his reign.
At that same period, Europe was a continent plunged into the Dark Age, ravaged by famine, killing one another for religious and ethnic reasons, and in most parts occupied by Genghis Khan Mongol empire armies.
Africa was a continent of tens of great and prosperous empires and kingdoms with King Askia Toure of Songhay, King Behanzin Hossu Bowelle of Benin, Emperor Menelik of Ethiopia, King Shaka ka Sezangakhona of South Africa, and Queen Nzinga of Angola, Queen Yaa Asantewaa of Ghana, Queen Amina of Nigeria.
Now comes the unavoidable question: What happened to that generation of global traders, pyramid builders, Kingdom and Empire Princes and Queens?
Where are the modern version of these fearless African Warriors and Civilization builders?
Sadly, nothing is left of them. When European invaded Africa they applied the 4 basic principles of any occupant forces:
1. First, Kill the strong and loot the place
2. Second, Breed the weak
3. Third, Deport or Exile the smartest and the skilled ones
4. Fourth, Impose the golden colonial rule “My way or the Highway”.
The Kings and their descendants were all killed. Additionally, 3 centuries of transatlantic slavery exported more than 12 millions of the finest men and women from Africa to America.
In many countries what is now left as population is sadly the breed of the weak, fearful, and obedient.
5 centuries of European occupation produced only generations and generations of obedient and weak minded people. (Read the book How Europe Underdeveloped Africa).
Unsurprisingly none of these generations have being nurtured in creating empire and waging wars, defending their territory, protecting their children and women.
To the pain of my heart, everyday I can see that the dream of most of this domesticated African Elite is limited to: working for the white man, having kids, building a house (a big one that impresses the neighborhood) and having a multitude of mistresses. That’s all. All surplus of energy is invested in vanity seeking activities!
In Burkina-Faso only 12 new books are published every year. In Mali 14, in Benin 84, in Madagascar 119, while small countries like France, Portugal or Holland publish each year more than 30.000 new book titles in their own small local languages.
The current African elite is unfortunately made of descendants of the breed of the weak, the most obedient and fearful among us. They are trained to fear and obey. They can’t be leaders. They are slaves in suit, filled with inferiority complexes, lacking grandiose and inspiring ambition for their people and Nations. We can’t do much with them for the renaissance of the African continent.
It’s time we revive in the mind of a new generation of Africans the true nature of their ancestors, the past glory of their empires, the pride of its warriors, conquerors and civilization builders, and clearly make them understand that the 5 “Centuries of Shame” under European occupation shall end with a new generation of Leaders and Builders!