AFRIKAN ALPHABETS THE STORY OF WRITING IN AFRICA PDF

Brussels Belgium - African alphabets have a rich cultural and artistic history. Sadly, their story is little known both within and outside of Africa. The beautifully designed and illustrated book 'Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Afrika' sets the record straight in a way that is easily accessible to everyone. Written by Saki Mafundikwa, graphic designer and founder of Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts ZIVA , the book documents the rich alphabets and visual symbols of Africa and reveals the continent's valuable contributions to the history of visual communication.

Author:Zulkilkree Zululrajas
Country:Nepal
Language:English (Spanish)
Genre:Life
Published (Last):28 March 2018
Pages:495
PDF File Size:20.86 Mb
ePub File Size:11.66 Mb
ISBN:649-5-50594-453-3
Downloads:64101
Price:Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader:Yokinos



Brussels Belgium - African alphabets have a rich cultural and artistic history. Sadly, their story is little known both within and outside of Africa. The beautifully designed and illustrated book 'Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Afrika' sets the record straight in a way that is easily accessible to everyone.

Written by Saki Mafundikwa, graphic designer and founder of Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts ZIVA , the book documents the rich alphabets and visual symbols of Africa and reveals the continent's valuable contributions to the history of visual communication. 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.

Among the alphabets that are analyzed and illustrated are scripts such as Mende, Vai, Nsibidi, Bamum, Tifinagh; and the Somali and Ethiopian scripts. Other alphabets, syllabaries, paintings, pictographs, ideographs, and symbols are also compared and contrasted. Few people realize that African societies were writing before the arrival of Europeans, in fact at the time Europeans 'discovered' the Vai script of Liberia in the early 19th century, literacy was more widespread among the Vai people than in certain parts of America and Britain.

This reality is completely at odds with the popular 'Dark Continent' theory. Mafundikwa explains, "The hope is that Africa is seen in a different light, that the prejudices of the past are finally laid to rest in the trash can of history. Sadly, most people do not know of Africa s achievements and contributions to history and to humanity.

The words 'civilization' and 'writing', to many, are synonymous with 'Westernization'. This informative book will be of interest to anyone fascinated with African culture and art. My book is an attempt at telling a small part of it. Previous Back Next. News Features Events Newsletter.

LAS MANOS SUCIAS SARTRE PDF

ISBN 13: 9780972424066

Updating results WorldCat is the world's largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online. Don't have an account? Your Web browser is not enabled for JavaScript. Some features of WorldCat will not be available.

JAIL DIARY SHER SINGH RANA PDF

Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Africa

Through text and illustrations, describes more than twenty African symbol systems and alphabets used on the continent and in the Diaspora. Saki Mafundikwa is a graphic designer, typographer and teacher. Returning to Zimbabwe, he founded the country's first graphic design and new media college, the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts. The college opened in and continues to operate under extremely difficult conditions as the country goes through its most challenging era since independence. Convert currency.

Related Articles