== Songhai achieved expansion under the ruler of Sonni Ali,Ali was a Muslim like the Mali rulers before him. He was an efficient warrior who in the 1460's conquered many of the nieghboring states around Songhai. These were just a… Full Answer
ancient Ghana and ancient Mali. Improved answer: that's not true. ancient Ghana and ancient Mali were kingdoms before Songhai. mostly North Africa traded with Songhai to get salt and gold. i believe this is true.