Black History Personality of the Day – Mansa Musa of Mali


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Emperor Mansa Musa I, an African King from the late 13th century, has been named the richest person who ever lived. listed Musa I on the ranks with Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and Muammar Ghaddafi, below his name.

Mansa Musa I was the ruler of the Mali Empire, which included Timbuktu, Ghana and Mali. In today’s currency, the Emperor would have been worth $400 illion dollars. He was the 10th Mansa, or Ruler, of the Malian empire.

Mansa Musa I gained his wealth through Mali’s supply of salt and gold, which was the main source for most of the world during that time. He educated his countries during his rule, which helped them to maintain sufficiency beyond his years. Scholars were attracted to Mali, which was established as a global symbol of power and the birthplace of Sudano-Sahelian architecture.

Unfortunately, after two generations of the Malian empire through war and army invasions, the fortune was depleted. As part of his legacy, the mosque and university built during his reign is still in place in Timbuktu.



New Chairman of Microsoft

New Chairman of Microsoft John Thompson, seasoned IT Executive becomes the First African American Chairman of Microsoft

This is a significant development in the Business World.   I had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Thompson when I started my career with IBM back in 1999.   He gave me straight forward advice and encouraged me to take risk!   Mr. Thompson is known to be a straight shooter who truly understands customer and shareholder value.

As the former Chairman and CEO of Symantec (makers of Norton Anti-virus) he transformed Symantec into a true Enterprise Security Company.   Now, as Chairman of Microsoft he leads one of with new CEO Satya Nadella – his goal is to ensure that Microsoft leads the continued movement to mobile and cloud services.

What we see with this Microsoft announcement is the combination of experience, innovation and diversity!   We can only hope to see Canadian organizations take the exact same steps in their leadership!



blog by Radcliffe Dockery


Black History Month – Person of the Day: Queen Mother Yaa Asantewaa

Yaa Asantewaa (c. 1840–17 October 1921) was appointed queen mother of Ejisu in the Ashanti Empire. In 1900, she led the Ashanti rebellion known as the War of the Golden Stool against British colonialism.

 Yaa Asantewaa was the Gatekeeper of the Golden Stool. She is quoted for saying the following:
“Now I have seen that some of you fear to go forward to fight for our King.
If it were in the brave days of Osei Tutu, Okomfo Anokye, and Opolu Ware, leaders would not sit down to see their King taken away without firing a shot.
No white man could have dared to speak to a leader of the Ashanti in the way the Governor spoke to you this morning.
Is it true that the bravery of the Ashanti is no more? I cannot believe it. It cannot be!
I must say this, if you the men of Ashanti will not go forward, then we will. We the women will. I shall call upon my fellow women. We will fight the white men. We will fight till the last of us falls in the battlefields.”

Queen Mother Nana Yaa Asantewa