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Mansa Kankan Musa

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The Resume

    Mansa of the Mali Empire (1312-1337)
    Pilgrimage to Mecca with 100 camels loaded with 200 lbs. of gold (1324)

Why he might be annoying:

    He was a devout Muslim and forced his beliefs on his people.
    It is said he killed his mother by accidentally dropping a knife on her leg.
    He was filthy rich and carried his wealth with him everywhere, even on his Holy pilgrimage.
    He gave away so much damn gold while visiting Cairo that the rapid inflation caused gold to be worthless for about 20 years.
    He gave away so much damn gold that, after he reached Mecca, he could not get a ride back to Mali without taking out a massive loan.
    He is depicted on ancient world maps as very well dressed with a huge golden nugget in his hand.
    He drew attention to Mali as a gold rich country that probably made other African nations eager to plunder it.
    His relatives and successors were stingy with their wealth.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He showed the might of a little known West African Empire to both Islamic and Christian nations.
    He built the Mali empire to the height of its power.
    He gave his five hundred servants in the pilgrimage a staff of gold.
    He was extremely generous.
    He used his wealth to turn the fabled Timbuktu into a major cultural center of Africa.
    He is a leading figure in African history.

Credit: Captain Howdy

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Year In Review:

    In 2022, Out of 7 Votes: 28.57% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 7 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 33 Votes: 48.48% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 34 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 12 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 3 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 16 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 30 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 144 Votes: 61.11% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 13 Votes: 61.54% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 62 Votes: 72.58% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 57 Votes: 70.18% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 35 Votes: 62.86% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 58 Votes: 74.14% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 101 Votes: 73.27% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 109 Votes: 61.47% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 59 Votes: 54.24% Annoying