Afrikan Alphabets

Afrikan Alphabets

The Story of Writing in Africa

Book - 2004
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
Through text and illustrations, describes more than twenty African symbol systems and alphabets used on the continent and in the Diaspora.

Book News
Through text and illustrations, Mafundikwa, founder of the Zimbabwe Institute of Visual Arts, describes African symbol systems and alphabets used on the continent and in the Diaspora. He shows through pictographs, rock art, mnemonic devices such as knotted cords, and systems such as those developed in Akan, Bantu, and Tifinagh that Africa has been literate for several thousand years. He examines historic African alphabets, including the Ethiopic and Nsibidi, alphabets of the Diaspora such as the Bassa Vah Script, and contemporary alphabets such as Somali and new West African writing systems. He also shows that, for example, those who read the Vai script of Liberia outnumbered the literate in certain parts of America and Britain in the nineteenth century. He includes an annotated bibliography and list of other resources such as museums and scholars. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: West New York, N.J. : Mark Batty ; [Enfield : Airlift], c2004
ISBN: 9780972424066
Characteristics: xix, 169 p. : col. ill., 1 map ; 22 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Subject Headings

No similar edition of this title was found at SBL.

Try searching for Afrikan Alphabets to see if SBL owns related versions of the work.

Suggest for Purchase

To Top