Ahmadu Tall

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"Ahmadu Seku" redirects here. For the founder of the Fula Massina Empire, see Seku Amadu.
Ahmadu Tall, as portrayed by the French (c. 1880).

Ahmadou Sekou Tall ( June 21, 1836 – December 15, 1897) (also Ahmadu Sekou, Ahmad al-Madani al-Kabir at-Tijani) was a Toucouleur ruler (Laamdo Dioulbé) of the Toucouleur Empire (1864–92) and (Faama) of Ségou (now Mali) from 1864 to 1884. Ahmadu Seku's father, El Hadj Umar Tall, conquered Ségou (then the heart of the Bambara Empire) on March 10, 1861. Not long afterwards, he began his conquest of the Fula empire of Massina, leaving Ahmadu as the Almami of Ségou.

After Umar Tall's 1864 death, his nephew Tidiani Tall succeeded him as head of the Toucouleur Empire. Ahmadu Seku continued to act as Faama of the eastern regions from Segou, suppressing the rebellions of several neighboring cities but quarrelling increasingly with his brothers. The French colonial army invaded the empire in the 1880s and 1890s, taking Ségou in 1892 and forcing Ahmadu Seku to flee to Sokoto in present-day Nigeria.

Preceded by
El Hajj Umar Tall
Faama of Ségou
1864 - 1884
Succeeded by
Madani Ahmadu Tall
Preceded by
Muntaga Tall
Faama of Nioro
1884 - 1890
Succeeded by
French West Africa
Preceded by
Mounirou Tall
Faama of Masina
1890 - 1892
Succeeded by
French West Africa


English references

  • B. O. Oloruntimeehin. The Segu Tukulor Empire. New York: Humanities Press (1972). SBN 391002066