Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Afrika


African alphabets have rich cultural and artistic histories. Many continue to be used today, but their story is little known due to their suppression by colonial powers. This book sets the record straight. (Also, did you know they spell it Afrika? The c was imposed on them, too.) Here writing systems across the African continent and diaspora are displayed and described, and this extensively illustrated and informative visual journey sheds new light (circa 2004) on this aspect of African culture and art.

Side Note: When you go to look for a copy on Amazon, know that the bulk of them seem to be pirated. A friend bought a pile of them thinking she was getting the real deal, but instead received a bunch of cheap photocopies. This one is the real thing.

  • Author: Saki Mafundikwa
  • Size: 8 × 8 inches
  • Pages: 184
  • Binding: Hardcover with jacket in protective mylar
  • Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher, 2004