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Jolof Empire Sovereigns

Updated April 11, 2011

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Jolof Empire & Vassal Kingdoms
In pre-colonial Africa, great and wealthy Kingdoms and Empires emerged in West Africa, dating back from 1000 B.C.E. Those kingdoms are among the greatest of their time:
Ghana: 100 B.C.E. to 1200 C.E.
Mali: 1200 C.E. to 1500 CE.
Songhay: 1350 C.E. to 1600 C.E.
Jolof: 1600 C.E. 1900 C.E.
In Africa, the matrilinear system is the foundation of the imperial social organization, from Ancient Egypt to the pre-colonial Mandingo Empires. Jolof Empire was ruled by an hereditary Emperor. The royal lineage was matrilineal as were all precedent African monarchies. The Emperor's sister provided the heir to the throne.
The Queen Mother is so important that, every Emperor and King carry their mothers' names as middle names. This matrilinear concept has been the standard of naming ceremonies in the society. That is why, still today, most men have their mothers' middle name, meaning: You are the son of your mother!
Women do not have to give up their last names when they get married, since their family names are as important as the men's names. The royal and noble families were endogamous, with cousins marrying each other to keep the blood line intact.
In contrast, there has never been proven of the existence of matriarchic & matrilinear systems in Caucasian or Arab cultures. Here, the foundation of the social organization is based on patriarchic & patrilinear systems, an exclusively male dominant society, where women have practically no rights. The patriarch & patrilinear barbarian Arab "kings" are more like pirates and blood-thirsty warriors fighting for the control of rare oasis and harsh desert land.

Jolof Empire brief Chronology
1000 - Jolof Empire founded
1875 - 1890 merged with Songhay Empire of Ahmadu Shaykhu as vassal kingdom, thus becoming the greatest Empire in Africa, expanding from the Mediterranea to the Gulf of Guinea and stretching from the Nile to the Niger Rivers.
1890 - 1895 renamed Western Sudan by savage "explorers"
1895 - 1902 invaded by France and transformed into "French Colony of West Africa".
1902 - 1960 divided into 18 state-nations
1960 - 1975 reunited as the "Economic Communities of West African States", within the African Union.
Sovereign Rulers of Jolof Empire (title Buur-ba Jolof)
Ndaw/Ndao/Ndow Royal Family
1570 - 1576 Alboury Saar Ndaw
1719 - 1752 Birayam Madjiguen Ndaw
1753 - 1760 Lat Kodu Madjiguen Ndaw
By O. Ndiaye Leyti, Historian
Goree Island Historical Museum, Senegal,1966)

Sovereign Rulers of Saalum Kingdom
1- Ndene Ndiaye Marone Ndaw (1639-1645)
2- Biram Khouredia Tiek Ndaw (1732-1734)
3- Ndene Ndiaye Bigue Ndaw (1734-1753)
4- Sandene Codou Bigue Ndaw (1767-1769)
5- Sandene Codou Fall Ndaw (1778-1787)
6- Bale Ndoungou Khouredia Ndaw (1823-1851)
7- Fari Ndieme Ndienoum Ndaw (1899-1902)
By Abdou Boury Ba, Historian
(Goree Island Historical Museum, Senegal, 1976)
Njay/Ndiaye Royal Family
1770 - 1805 Mba Kumpaas Njay
1805 - 1838 Mba Buuri-Ñabu Njay
1838 - 1838 Birayamb Kumba-Gey Njay
1838 - 1851 Al-Buuri Tam Njay
1851 - 1853 Baka-Kodu Biige Fakontè Njay
1853 - 1855 Birayamb Aram Xurèja Njay
1855 - Biram Pènda Kumba-Ngwi Njay
1855 - Mbani-Paate Kumba-Ngwi Njay
1855 - Lat Kodu Ma-Jigeñ Peya Faal Malik Njay
1855 - Birayamb Ma-Jigeñ Peya Faal Malik Njay
1855 - Al-Buuri Peya Biram Njay
1855 - 1858 Bakan Tam Yaago Njay
1858 - 1862 Taanor Fatim Jeng (regent)
1862 - 1871 Bakan Tam Xaari Jaloor Njay
1875 - May 1890 Al-Buuri Sènabu Njay
3 Jun 1890 - 1895 Samba Laobe Pènda Njay
3 Nov 1895 - 1900 Buuna Al-Buuri Ma-Jigeñ Njay

... Kayor founded as vassal kingdom of Jolof
1549 - Kayor independent
1555 - 1874 Kayor and Bawol merged into a family union
1868 - 1871 invaded by France and transformed into "French Colony of West Africa"
Sovereign Rulers (title Dammel)
Faal/Fall Royal Family
1790 - 1809 Amari Ngone Ndèla Kumba Faal
1809 - 1832 Biram Fatma Cub Faal
1832 - 1855 Maysa Tènde Jor Samba Faal

Family Photos
  • Classical West Africa (3 KB)
    Great Monarchies succeded one another during the classical period of West Africa: Ghana Mali Songhay Jolof. These great Empires all shared the same inherited territory and political systems.
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