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Askia the Great, also known as Muhammad Askia, was a prominent king of the Songhai Empire in West Africa during the late 15th century. After a successful coup, he assumed power and embarked on a period of remarkable governance and expansion. Under his rule, the Songhai Empire reached its zenith, both in territorial expanse and cultural influence. Askia the Great prioritized scholarship and Islamic education, fostering Timbuktu as a renowned center of learning. He also implemented administrative reforms and established a system of provinces, which contributed to the empire's stability. His hajj to Mecca enhanced diplomatic ties and brought new knowledge to the empire. His reign remains a pivotal era in West African history, celebrated for its accomplishments and contributions.

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