Mansa Musa was born in 1280, in the Mali Empire. He was the fourteenth century emperor of the Mali Empire. He is also the Medieval African ruler most known to the world outside Africa. In 1312 he became emperor following the death of his predecessor Abu-Bakr II. When crowned, he was given the name Mansa, which means King.
Mansa Musa ruled for 25 years, then he died in 1337.