Nsibidi Script

Nsibidi is a system of writing and communication that originated among the Ekoi people in present-day Nigeria around 400 CE (some estimates suggest much earlier). Instead of using an alphabet (like English), abjad (like Arabic) or abugida (like Amharic and Hindi), the Nsibidi script is ideographic (a symbol represents an idea or concept) and pictographic… Continue reading Nsibidi Script

Ajami Script

Did Yoruba exist only in oral form until Western colonizers arrived from Britain? Have you heard of Ajami? Ajami is the Arabic word for foreigner. It also describes an Arabic-based writing system adopted within some African societies as far back as the fourteenth century. Some of the languages that were written in Ajami include Yoruba,… Continue reading Ajami Script