Tunka Manin

Ghana Tunka Manin (1010 - 1078) was a ruler of the Ghana Empire who reigned from 1062 to 1076 C.E. [ [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_state_leaders_in_1076] ] Preceded by Bassi, Menin was the last ruler of the Ghana Empire.

Manin successfully held off the Almoravid attacks on the Ghana Empire, and even expanded it farther. Al-Bakri noted that Manin controlled some 200,000 warriors. [ [http://www.globaled.org/nyworld/materials/african2.html Early African Empires and their Global Connections ] ] However, in 1076, the Almoravids succeeded in destroying the capitol of Kumbi Saleh and therefore taking over rule of the former empire.

Manin is renowned for his involvement with the local communities, and also for his success economically, as he increased trade, especially that of salt, greatly within the empire. Menin is said to have surrounded himself with an air of divinity and magic, which he used to motivate his people to protect him well. [ [http://www.bookrags.com/history/west-african-kingdoms-social-class-and-economy/sub9.html West African Kingdoms 500-1590: Social Class and Economy History: Tunka Menin | World Eras ] ] Menin was known to display his wealth by decking himself out in gold, ivory, and other precious materials.Fact|date=October 2007

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