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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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 Hardcoverpages. Written by Saki Mafundikwa, graphic designer and founder of Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts ZIVAthe book documents the rich alphabets and visual symbols of Africa and reveals the continent’s valuable contributions to the history of visual communication.
Camille marked it as to-read Feb 21, Written and designed by a Zimbabwean graphic artist who trained and worked in the USA before returning home, this book is just wonderful. Sadly, most people do not know of Africa s achievements and contributions to history and to humanity.
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.
This was the book begging to be written for just the right scholar. Tracy Yarborough marked it as to-read Apr 26, The Story of Writing in Africa. 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 xtory. Yoh Kouma marked it as to-read Apr 09, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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Other alphabets, writing styles, paintings, pictographs, ideographs, and symbols are compared and contrasted. This informative book will be of interest to anyone fascinated with African culture and art. The beautifully designed and illustrated book ‘Afrikan Alphabets: 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.
Hesi marked it as to-read Sep 07, An entertaining and anecdotal text explains the wealth of highly graphical Open Preview See a Problem? Mugendi M’rithaa rated it it was amazing Dec 23, Karen Davis rated it really liked it Feb 07, This reality is completely at odds with the popular ‘Dark Continent’ theory.
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. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.
Marcia Van Camp marked it as to-read Aug 09, The French soldiers threw Bamum sacred objects into the street. 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.
Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Africa by Saki Mafundikwa
Laura marked it as to-read Sep 20, Trivia About Afrikan Alphabets I do not usually read nonfiction unless I am forced to. Nov 12, Ruth Ann rated it did not like it Shelves: This is an extensively illustrated and informative visual journey through an aspect of African culture and art.
Kyalo marked it as to-read Jan 27, James rated it really liked it Jul 29, Both entertaining and anecdotal, Afrikan Afrokan presents a wealth of highly graphical, attractive and inspiring illustrations. This book sets the record straight. No eBook available Amazon. About Saki Mafundikwa Saki Mafundikwa is a graphic designer, typographer and design educator. A fascinating read that fills in a few of the gaping holes in my European education.
Feb 18, Nathalie rated it really liked it. This book gives the history of many African alphabets and shows you what they look like.
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Roots of Afrikan Alphabets. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.
I wanted to learn more about it, so I had my local library order this from a university for me. Seth Rumbley rated it liked it Jan 17, Jesus marked writlng as to-read Jun 21, Other alphabets, syllabaries, paintings, pictographs, ideographs, and symbols are also compared and contrasted. Chimezie Ogbuji rated it it was amazing Jul 18,