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The Songhai led by Sonni Ali is a custom civilization mod by Uighur_Caesar, with contributions from JakeWalrusWhale, DMS, Grant, and Alga.

This mod requires Brave New World.


The Songhai[]

The Songhai Empire was a civilization that flourished in West Africa during the 15th and 16th centuries. The Songhai first appeared near the city of Gao; later, the Songhai gained Gao's neighbors along the Niger river - Timbouctou and Jenne. All three of these river cities were vassals of the Malinese Empire and before that the Ghana Empire. In the early 14th century the Songhai gained independence from the Mali, and over the next two centuries it expanded, eventually becoming the largest empire in African history.

Sonni Ali[]

Sonni Ali, also known as Sonni Ali Ber, was born in Ali Kolon. He reigned from about 1464 to 1492. Sonni Ali was the first king of the Songhai Empire, located in Africa and the 15th ruler of the Sonni dynasty. Under Sonni Ali's infantry and cavalry many cities were captured and then fortified, such as Timbuktu (captured in 1468) and Djenné (captured in 1475). Sonni conducted a repressive policy against the scholars of Timbuktu, especially those of the Sankore region who were associated with the Tuareg whom Ali expelled to gain control of the town.

Dawn of Man[]

Praise to you great warrior king Sonni Ali Ber! The Songhai Empire owes its prosperity and military dominance to your foundational leadership in the 15th century. By establishing an elite land army and a might fleet of war canoes, you were able to conquer the great cities of the Sahel such as Djenne and Sankore. This gave the Songhai dominance in regional trade, turning them into a commercial power as well as a military power.


Art by DMS

Exalted king, guide your troops once more into battle and lead your people to greatness again. Can you become a dominant power on land and sea? Can you establish a prosperous trading network? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?

Introduction: "Welcome to Gao, seat of the immaculate Songhai Empire; I am King Sonni Ali Ber, ruler of this land and leader of its army."

Defeat: "And in the end it was all for nothing..."

Unique Attributes[]

Songhai (Sonni Ali)

Art by DMS

River Warlord

Receive triple the usual Gold Gold when capturing Cities or Barbarian Encampments, and killing Barbarians produces Greatperson Great General/Admiral points. All land units start with the Amphibious and War Canoes promotion.


Art by Alga

Hi-Koi (Great Admiral)
  • Receive a free Naval Melee unit for every non-occupied landlocked city you own when a Hi-Koi is born.
  • Embarked units within 2 tiles receive the Siege promotion.

Art by Alga

Wangara Entrepot (Caravansary)
  • +100% Range for land trade routes instead of +50%.
  • The standard +2 Gold Gold for International Land Trade Routes is doubled to +4 if built in a city on a River or a city with a Mint.
  • Provides a Merchant specialist slot.
Changes to Songhai (Askia)

Art by Firaxis

Chronicles of Timbuktu

Great Scientists create a Manuscript (unique Great Work of Writing that also yields Science Science) upon birth if there is a slot available. Greatwork Great Works increase Gold Gold received from International Traderoute Trade Route for both parties.


Art by Firaxis

Funerary Mosque (Temple)
  • +2 CultureIcon Culture
  • Contains a slot for a Great Work of Writing.
  • +2 Great Scientist points per incoming International Traderoute Trade Route.
  • No maintenance.
  • No Crimes Crime. (CID)
City List
  1. Gao
  2. Tombouctu
  3. Jenne
  4. Taghaza
  5. Tondibi
  6. Kumbi Saleh
  7. Kukia
  8. Walata
  9. Tegdaoust
  10. Argungu
  11. Gwandu
  12. Kebbi
  13. Boussa
  14. Mopti
  15. Bamako
  16. Wa
  17. Kayes
  18. Awdaghost
  19. Ouadane
  20. Dakar
  21. Tadmekket
  22. Tekedda
  23. Kano
  24. Agadez
  25. Niamey
  26. Torodi
  27. Ouatagouna
  28. Dori
  29. Bamba
  30. Segou
Spy List
  • Ahmadou
  • Ayub
  • Badru
  • Bokhari
  • Guedado
  • Adhiambo
  • Chinaka
  • Laila
  • Mariama
  • Oni
Songhai (Sonni Ali)



Peace Theme War Theme

Mod Support[]

Mod Support
Community Balance Patch
Ethnic Units
Map Labels
Unique Cultural Influence

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 22 Sep 2020


  • Uighur_Caesar: Main Author
  • Alga: Art (UU and UB Icons)
  • DMS: Art (Leaderscene)
  • JakeWalrusWhale: Art (Map)
  • Grant: Art (Civ Icon)
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Day 2
Sassanids (Shapur II)Japan (Shigeru Yoshida)Lanna (Mangrai)SenecaRussia (Elisabeth)Ottomans (Orhan)Mughals (Aurangzeb)Rome (Trajan)Songhai (Sonni Ali)
Day 3
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