from a library! Afrikan alphabets: the story of writing in Afrika. [Saki Mafundikwa ] African languages — Alphabet — History. Writing — Africa. View all subjects. Both entertaining and anecdotal, Afrikan Alphabets presents a wealth of highly graphical, attractive and inspiring illustrations. Writing systems across the Afrikan . Writing systems across the Afrikan continent are reviewed: the scripts of the West Africans – Mende, Vai, Nsibidi, Bamum and the Somali, and Ethiopian scripts.

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Writing systems across the Afrikan continent and the Diaspora are analyzed and illustrated; syllabaries, paintings, pictographs, ideographs and symbols are compared and contrasted. This reality is completely at odds with the popular ‘Dark Continent’ theory.


This book gives the history of many African alphabets and shows you what they look like. Tracy Yarborough marked it as to-read Apr 26, Trivia About Afrikan Alphabets They are comparatively little known due tje to their suppression by colonial powers. Yoh Kouma marked it as to-read Apr 09, Mafundikwa is a Zimbabwean graphic designer, typographer, design educator, and founder of Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Nov 12, Ruth Ann rated it did not like it Shelves: A fascinating read that fills in a few of the gaping holes in my European education. Afria, highlight, and take afrika, across web, tablet, and phone. Marcia Van Camp marked it as to-read Aug 09, This colourful, extensively illustrated and informative visual journey will be of interest to everyone seeking inspiration from, or more information about, Afrikan culture and art.


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Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Africa

My book is an attempt at telling a small part of it. Mafundikwa explains, “The hope is that Africa is seen in a different light, that the prejudices of the past alphabefs finally laid to rest in the trash can of history.

As a white teacher of mostly Black kids, I will be using what I learned from this book to make sure my kiddos learn more than I did. Brussels Belgium – African alphabets afroca a rich cultural and artistic history.

Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Africa – Saki Mafundikwa – Google Books

About Saki Mafundikwa Saki Mafundikwa is a graphic alphabrts, typographer and design educator. Jessica marked it as to-read Aug 10, Nashira rated it it was amazing Nov 29, May 19, Liepollo added it.

The author is a graphic artist, not a linguist or historian, and what he’s put together is not a “story” so much as a scrapbook of curious information, much of it without any context or interpretation. Lists with This Book. Afrikan alphabets have a long history, fantastic variety, and some continue to be in current use today. Their story is little known, however, due largely to their suppression by colonial powers.

This was the book begging to be written for just the right scholar. Robyn rated it really liked it Mar 13, This is an extensively illustrated and syory visual journey through an aspect of African culture and art. To ask other readers questions about Afrikan Alphabetsplease sign up. Other editions – View all Afrikan Alphabets: Account Options Sign in. Their power was threatened by his achievements.


Laura marked it as to-read Wwriting 20, Karen Davis rated it really liked it Feb 07, Sadly, their story is little known both within and outside of Africa. As a white American person, I did not learn much about anything African in school.

Feb 18, Nathalie rated it really liked it. Contents Roots of Afrikan Alphabets. My library Help Advanced Book Search. All the writing systems are put into the afirca of their use as a means to impart and record information and to communicate complex ideas. Because the book sets the record straight about how colonial powers suppressed the rich cultural and artistic histories of Afrikan alphabets, this title should appeal to individual readers as well as schools and universities.

From inside the book. For the last twenty years, Saki Mafundikwa periodically researched and travelled across the African continent and Diaspora to present an exceptional account of the alphabets history and usage, including entertaining anecdotes and a wealth of highly graphical and attractive illustrations.

Writing systems across the Afrikan continent are reviewed: Mafundikwa both understands the importance of this book, wants sincerely to see it written and has the roots and wanderlust to take the samples from primary sources.

Balogun marked it as to-read Jul 22, Seth Rumbley rated it liked it Jan 17,