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When I first met @Baba_A_ in 2013 in magical #Timbuktu, I thought I'll never see him again.

But last night he was my guest here in Dubai. Over Lebanese food he told me stories about Mali &I told him about Beirut &Dubai.

Baba is a great journalist. Pls follow &support his work
At one point @Baba_A_ and I were the only two journalists in Timbuktu who spoke Arabic. So we developed a bond.

The Arabs of Timbuktu back then massively left the city for fear of being targeted after the start of the war to kick the Jihadists out.
One of the sad news I learned from @Baba_A_ is that the famous Khaira Arby has passed away. She was known as "The Nightingale of Timbuktu".

I met her in 2013 in Bamako. It was right after hearing that Jihadists might cut her tongue because she was a singer.

Rest In Peace. 💔
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In this era of income & wealth disparity, it is worth remembering that world’s richest man that ever lived was a Moslem Black African.

Meet Mansa Musa who owned all the Gold and Salt of the Mali Empire. He had made the legendary 2 year long 6,000 mile trip to Mecca
Mansa Musa had reportedly a net worth of $400 billion in today's money (three times that of Bill Gates). His journey to perform hajj went through Cairo where he spent so much of his Gold during his 3 months stay that he caused 25% drop in its price
Empire of Mali then was a massive half million sq miles. Within it, all the Gold was the personal property of Mansa (Emperor) Musa & anyone caught stealing it was quickly executed. Other than salt and gold, the Mansa made huge income form levying taxes on passing caravans
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