The traveler King Mansa Musa I of Mali.

Hello, my name is Peter Campbell. I am the Managing Director of Caribbean East Atlantic Company Limited. We specialize in the Recruitment and Relocation of highly skilled migrants from the Commonwealth, particularly the Caribbean for shortage industries such as Engineering, Teaching, Social Work and Nursing in the developed countries of the Commonwealth particularly the United Kingdom.

My new role model is a great man who lived seven hundred years ago. His story taught me that travel is what makes us great.

The name of my role model is Mansa (King of Kings) Musa I of Mali. The travel of his predecessor brought him to power. I will quote the great man telling his story.

The ruler who preceded me did not believe that it was impossible to reach the extremity of the ocean that encircles the earth (the Atlantic Ocean). He wanted to reach that (end) and was determined to pursue his plan. So he equipped two hundred boats full of men, and many others full of gold, water and provisions sufficient for several years. He ordered the captain not to return until they had reached the other end of the ocean, or until he had exhausted the provisions and water. So they set out on their journey. They were absent for a long period, and, at last just one boat returned. When questioned the captain replied: ‘O Prince, we navigated for a long period, until we saw in the midst of the ocean a great river which flowing massively. My boat was the last one; others were ahead of me, and they were drowned in the great whirlpool and never came out again. I sailed back to escape this current.’ But the Sultan would not believe him. He ordered two thousand boats to be equipped for him and his men, and one thousand more for water and provisions. Then he conferred the regency on me for the term of his absence, and departed with his men, never to return nor to give a sign of life.”


We know about this great Emperor because he was written about by Arab scholars and eye witnesses to his travel across the Sahara to North Africa and to Mecca. He was a great man who gave to the poor and built many places of worship along his pilgrimage route. He gave away so much gold that the value of gold in the Mediterranean dropped and he set right the problem by borrowing back vast amounts of gold at high interest rates to stabilize the economy of the area.

Travel is what has made us as a species great. Weather it was space travel or pilgrimages to Mecca across the Sahara or traversing the oceans to make contact with far off civilizations; humans have needed to cross frontiers and explore new worlds.  

However we now live in a world which emphasizes a sedentary existence. We are told to stay put in subliminal ways and technology even as it grows confines us in little bubbles. The television emphasizes the sitting and listening and even the internet which we are using now emphasizes experiencing the world second hand.

 There are many benefits to travelling some of which I have learnt from the story of Mansa Musa I of Mali and some from my own travel.

Benefits of travel:

1)      It builds up our capabilities as a people.

2)      It brings us into contact with other centres of learning

3)      It promotes trade and friendship between peoples

4)      We build a reputation in the process

I believe that if you were born in the west you should live in the east or south or even the north for at least five years of your life to gain a perspective of how other people live and the ethos that they live by. Caribbean East Atlantic Company Limited exists to encourage you to travel and to travel for extended periods of time. Experience the world as the locals do and you will learn something which will change your life forever.

Mansa Musa I of Mali was a Black African ruler whose wealth is estimated to have been four hundred billion United States dollars. By this calculation he was the richest person to have ever lived.

My name is Peter Campbell, Managing Director of Caribbean East Atlantic Company Limited; encouraging you to travel the world.