Everday Life in an early West African Empire

Everday Life in an early West African Empire


Five centuries ago, a great super-state flourished in West Africa. Known as the Songhai Empire, it was one of the largest imperial systems in the sixteenth century. It was nearly the same size of as all the European states combined and had 50 million people – more than that of Black America today. There were 400 cities, and the Niger Delta region alone boasted 300 Mosques. Thus, a level of urbanism existed hardly seen anywhere else before the nineteenth century.

This book for the first time combines a scholarly approach with an accessible style that brings the old Empire alive. It is comprehensive in scope and is beautifully illustrated using museum quality photographs and rare archival images.

By Robin Walker

Published by Jacinth Martin's Siven Publishing

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