Omar I of Kanem

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Omar ibn Idris or Umar Idrismi, Idris Dunama III was the ruler (or mai) of the Kanem Empire who moved the capital from Njimi, Kanem to Kaga, located on the western edge of Lake Chad in present day Borno State, Nigeria.[1] He ruled from 1372-1380.

The Bulala people, after warring with Kanem since the 1370s, forced the Kanembu people to relocate to Bornu, and marked the transition of the beginning of the Bornu Empire.


  1. ^ "List of Mais (kings) of Kanem-Bornu - Afropedea". Retrieved 2016-03-02.