Songhai was taken over by Mali but soon rebelled their independence and became an empire.
After the ruler of the expansion of Songhai, Sunni Ali died his son Sunni Baru took over and he was not a Muslim so the people of Songhai thought he would make the empire worse so they rebelled against him and defeated him. The leader Askia made Songhai grow. He supported education and learning. Timbuktu also flourished for its schools. Askia also had laws that were similar to other Muslim nations.
Songhai then falls to a rival from the north, Moroccan. They used advanced weapons like arquebus, an early form of a gun. Then Timbuktu was destroyed by the invaders.