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Saki Mafundikwa:
Ingenuity and elegance in ancient African alphabets

TED2013 · 8:10 · Filmed Feb 2013
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Saki Mafundikwa: Ingenuity and elegance in ancient African alphabets
8:10 · Filmed February 2013 at TED2013 · Subtitles available in 33 languages

From simple alphabets to secret symbolic languages, graphic designer Saki Mafundikwa celebrates the many forms of written communication across the continent of Africa. He highlights the history and legacy that are embodied in written words and symbols, and urges African designers to draw on these graphic forms for fresh inspiration. It's summed up in his favorite Ghanaian glyph, Sankofa, which means "return and get it" — or "learn from the past."

Graphic designer
Saki Mafundikwa wrote the book on Africa’s graphic design heritage — then opened a school of graphic arts in his native Zimbabwe. Full bio
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