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"Sand blast it! A gritty character just absconded with all the salt -- my most precious possession! Without that salt, we're going nowhere!"
―Mansa Musa

Musa Keita I (c. 1280 – c. 1337) was the tenth Mansa, which translates as "sultan" (king) or "emperor", of the wealthy West African Mali Empire. At the time of Musa's rise to the throne, the Malian Empire consisted of territory formerly belonging to the Ghana Empire in present-day southern Mauritania and in Melle (Mali) and the immediate surrounding areas. Musa held many titles, including Emir of Melle, Lord of the Mines of Wangara, Conqueror of Ghanata, and at least a dozen others. It is said that Mansa Musa had conquered 24 cities, each with surrounding districts containing villages and estates, during his reign. During his reign, Mali may have been the largest producer of gold in the world at a point of exceptional demand. One of the richest people in history, he is known to have been enormously wealthy; reported as being inconceivably rich by contemporaries, "There’s really no way to put an accurate number on his wealth".


In the game, Musa's salt block has been stolen. To get the caravan moving again, Musa hands the player his golden staff and asks them to exchange it for a new salt block.

Later on, during the final chase, Musa notices Carmen Sandiego.