The Tomb of Askia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl6IUy4rEPQ The city Gao is located midway along the Niger River basin in Africa. It was the capital of the Songhai Empire which dominated Western Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries. Gao has been an important trading point on the Niger River since ancient times. A symbol of imperial glory, the tomb of Askia,…… Continue reading The Tomb of Askia


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4V-QAzKQ3A The city of Timbuktu is at the southern tip of the Sahara Desert. The city has many houses made with adobe. Timbuktu was founded during the 11th century and thrived on trade across the Sahara. In the 16th century an estimated 100,000 people lived in the city. Caravans still cross the desert and come…… Continue reading Timbuktu

Travelling the African Ink Road: Legacy of Timbuktu and Wonders of the Written Word Exhibit

“Grains come from the South, salt comes from the North, but Knowledge and beautiful things come from Timbuktu.”