African Writing Systems Before Europeans
Nearly 5,000 years before Christ was born, Proto-writing was well-established form of written expression in North and West Africa.
The dominance of European languages through colonialism has led to the mistaken belief that the written languages in Africa did not exist before the arrival of Europeans. However, Africa has the world’s oldest and largest collection of ancient Symbolic and Writing Systems.
Here are five African symbolic and writing systems you should know about to dispel the myth that Africans were illiterate people before European colonialism.
5 Ancient African Symbolic and Writing Systems
|Proto-writing is symbolic communication|
|Proto-Sinaitic was the first consonantal alphabet.|
|Tifinagh is the Berber name for the ancient Libyan Alphabet.|
|Nsibidi script comprises |
nearly a thousand symbols.