Mansa Musa: The Richest Man in History

Mansa Musa: The Richest Man in History
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June 21, 2023
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History has so many stories about people who have had a significant impact on the world but are known by very few people; our aim is to change that. Our Story is made up of their stories, and through learning about them you will realise that there really is no limit to what you can achieve.

‘Mansa Musa - The richest man in history’ is a biography for children about the richest person that ever lived.

Written and published independently by Our Story Media Group, the book features outstanding illustrations by Emanuel Colban.

This is a 38 page children’s book which includes questions, a craft activity, glossary and pronunciation guide, as well as a QR code linking to further information about the Djinguerber Mosque for our young readers to interact with.

Did you know that the richest person in history was a West African Emperor? Learn more about his epic journey from Africa to Arabia and how he founded a world renowned university with his wealth in this spectacular book!

We are also delighted to have partnered with CAMFED to provide one day of schooling for a young girl in Africa with each book purchased.

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Mansa Musa: The Richest Man in history gives a brief account of an important historical figure. Mansa Musa ruled the Mali Empire in Africa from 1312-1337 and was incredibly rich in trade and gold. There was not a lot known about Africa in this area until he made a Hajj pilgrimage and brought a huge caravan of gold with him. Along the way, he made diplomatic trades with others and was inspired to create a grand library and university for learning upon his return. It is mind-boggling how much gold he traveled with and wasn’t robbed.
I like that this biography highlights an important person in history from an underrepresented culture. The back matter provides extra information to ensure the text is understandable for middle-grade readers. The illustrations are impressionistic which is not my favorite style but complement the text well. The discussion questions and extension activities are a nice bonus in the back. Beyond the book, I love the mission of the publishers of this book to fund a day of school for a girl in Africa for every book sold. To learn more you can visit
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