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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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Afrikan Alphabets by Saki Mafundikwa. Alphabsts continue to be used today. Their story is little known, however, due largely to their suppression by colonial powers. This book sets the record straight.
Writing systems pictographs, mnemonic devices, syllabaries and alphabets across the African continent and the Diaspora are displayed and described.
This is an extensively illustrated and informative visual journey through an aspect of African culture and art. Hardcoverpages. Published October 1st by Mark Batty Publisher first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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To ask other readers questions about Afrikan Alphabets im, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Feb 18, Nathalie rated it really liked it. Written and designed by a Zimbabwean graphic artist who trained and worked in the USA before returning home, this book is just wonderful. A fascinating read that fills in a few of wditing gaping holes in my European education. Their atrica was threatened by his achievements.
They destroyed the printing press that [King Ibrahim Njoya: The French soldiers threw Bamum sacred objects into the street.
Afrikqn was the book begging to be written for just the right scholar. 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. I use it almost everyday -it’s a reference, a bible small b a psychiatric jot down of African souls and now I understand why folks spell the continent with a “k” from time to time. Nov 12, Ruth Ann rated it did not like it Shelves: I was enthused about the topic but disappointed by the execution.
The author is a graphic artist, not a linguist or historian, and what he’s afrijan together is not a “story” so much as a scrapbook of curious information, much of it without any context or interpretation. It does have some beautiful illustrations. Apr 11, James Coleby rated it it was amazing.
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An excellent book and one of a kind, literally as there is no other book that I know of that has soo many indigenous African scripts. May 19, Liepollo added it. Jul 26, Bethany Lynn rated it it was amazing. I wanted to learn more about it, so I had my local library order this from a university for me.
I do not usually read nonfiction unless I am forced to. I do not usually finish nonfiction books unless someone makes me. I devoured it in a day!
This book gives the history of many African alphabets and shows you what they look like. The book is stunning to look at, and the writing style is fun and aftica to follow.
The author, Saki Mafundikwa, weaves in the stories of his travels and the stores of the real people, cultures, and languages that these alphabets come from. I have learned about so many people and places I had not heard of before! As a white American person, I did not learn much about anything African in school. 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. Nashira rated it it was amazing Nov 29, Chimezie Ogbuji rated it it was amazing Jul 18, Joana rated it it was amazing Aug 29, Kofi Obibini rated it it was amazing Apr 25, Seth Rumbley rated it liked it Jan 17, Karen Davis rated it really liked it Feb 07, Robyn rated it really liked it Mar 13, Peter Wunderlich rated it it was amazing Jun 08, James rated it really liked it Jul 29, Erik rated it really liked it Jun 04, Stephani rated it really liked it Oct 02, Mugendi M’rithaa rated it it was amazing Dec 23, Ousseynou Diagne rated it really liked it Apr 29, Maelis Astroc rated it really liked it Oct 30, Stephen Simpson rated it it was ok Feb 04, Rachel marked it as to-read Jul 31, Camille marked it as to-read Feb 21, Natalie marked it as to-read Jun 14, Judah marked it as to-read Mar 09, Shinynickel marked it as to-read Mar 10, Lizzy marked it as to-read Oct 07, Jesus marked it as to-read Jun 21, Balogun marked it as to-read Jul 22, David marked it as to-read Oct 17, Kyalo marked it as to-read Jan 27, Michael marked it as to-read Feb 04, Cherity marked it as to-read Feb 07, Kate marked it as to-read Feb 28, Yoh Kouma marked it as to-read Apr 09, Hope Masiya marked it as to-read Apr 26, Tracy Yarborough marked it as to-read Apr 26, Ric marked it as to-read Aug 07, Alicia Coca marked it as to-read Aug 07, Aries Eroles marked it as to-read Aug 09, Cynthia marked it as to-read Aug 09, Marcia Van Camp marked it as to-read Aug 09, Diane Warrington marked it as to-read Aug 10, Jessica marked it as to-read Aug 10, Luk Gama marked it as to-read Aug 14, Will Mutua marked it as to-read Aug 14, Elizabeth Van hodson marked it as to-read Aug 22, Gretchen Mckay marked it as to-read Sep 05, Hesi marked it as to-read Sep 07, Shane marked it as to-read Sep 14, Laura marked it as to-read Sep 20, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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