Sakoura Mansa

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Mansa Sakura or Mansa Sakoura (died c. 1300) was the sixth mansa of the Mali Empire.

A slave at birth, Sakura was freed and became a general in the army of Sundiata Keita, legendary founder of the Mali Empire. After a debilitating struggle for succession between Sundiata's sons Ouati Keita and Khalifa Keita and his grandson Abu Bakr, Sakura seized control of the throne himself about 1285. Near-contemporary historian Ibn Khaldun records that under Sakura's leadership, the Empire made a number of new conquests (most notably of Gao), becoming the dominant political, economic, and military force in the Western Sudan.

Sakura performed the Hajj, but died while returning home.[1] He was allegedly killed at the Horn of Africa by the Danakil.[1] He was succeeded by Sundiata's nephew Gao.

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  • Davidson, Basil. Africa in History. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.
  1. ^ a b Imperato, Pascal James; Imperato, Gavin H. (25 April 2008). Historical Dictionary of Mali. Scarecrow Press. p. 202. ISBN 9780810864023. Retrieved 25 November 2016.

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Preceded by
Abu Bakr
Mansa of the Mali Empire
Succeeded by