SUNNI ALI BER Biography - Royalty, Rulers & leaders


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Name: Sunni Ali Ber                                                               
Born: 1464                                                                       
Sonni Ali, also known as Sunni Ali Ber or "Sunni Ali", who reigned from about     
1464 to 1492, was the first great king of the Songhai Empire, located on the     
continent of Africa and the 15th ruler of the Sonni dynasty. Under Sonni Ali's   
infantry and cavalry, Songhai extended to cover a great portion of the Niger     
River area and gained control of crucial trading areas such as Timbuktu (conquered
in 1468) and Jenne (conquered in 1475). He also made a great Navy to patrol the   
Niger river. During Sonni Ali's reign, Songhai surpassed the height of the Mali   
Empire, engulfing areas under the Mali Empire (and the Ghana Empire before it).On 
November 6, 1492, Sunni Ali's horse slipped and fell into the Koni River, Ali     
and his horse were swept over the falls and drowned.