Another informative vid from ma peeps Hometeam. What I learnt was a secret writing system of the Songhai people called Kumba kept in secret until 2003 I need more info on this. Pls view and sub to his Youtube ch.
"However, such systems are also found in areas where Muslim influence has been less strong or is unlikely. Thus, among the Ashanti and other Akan-speaking peoples of Ghana and Cote D'Ivorie, where gold was of great political, economic and symbolic significance, many goldweights bore signs that indicated their precise ponderal value; other signs corresponded to proverbs, while others represented concepts (for example, certain aspects of the Supreme Being). The nsibidi system of the Ekoi, Igbo and Ibibio peoples of the Cross River area of present-day Nigeria used over a thousand signs to represent a considerable number of concepts as well as some sounds. Nsibidi was used to record court cases and convey complex messages, including warnings in wartime, and for summarizing folktales and personal narratives; its pictograms thus constituted a true writing system. As with the Malian systems of graphic signs, knowledge of nsibidi was often acquired within the initiation societies, but unlike the Malian ones, nsibidi signs were often tattooed on the body or dramatically enacted through gestures." --Kevin Shllingford (2004) "Literacy and Indigenous Scripts: Pre-colonial West Africa" - Encyclopedia of African History
Historian Ogbu Kalu described the functions of the Nsibidi literature more broadly to comprise “identity label, public notice, private warning, declaration of taboos [and] amorous messages, reckoning of goods and money, and method of keeping of records and decorations.” (Kalu, O. 1980. “Writing in Pre-Colonial Africa: A Case Study of Nsibidi.” In African Cultural Development. O. Kalu, ed., 76-83.)
Nsibidi was never static and changed over time. Other scholars say: "The Nsibidi signs used by secret societies in various language groups in southern Nigeria, e.g. the Igbo, Efik, and Ekoi have been considered by some to be of a similar pictographic nature, but others have maintained it to be true writing, based on a logographic or syllabary system." -- Gregersen, Edgar A. (1977). Language in Africa: an introductory survey. CRC Press. p. 176.
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What sort of information is given on the SOnghay writing system: Origins? Type of script used? How used? MOstly used for what? Islamic religion? Admin? what is main use? etc etc Can you summarize?
Seems like another "secret society"-like script as the writing was restricted to the Kunbaw Priest. logographic in nature. I don't remember seeing any specific dates so I can't say when this writing was birthed.
"These letters come from the Kunbaw (Traditional Scribes) and were sent to other Kunbaw. When the Kunbaw receive such letters from other scribes, they explain or interpret the meaning of such letters for the Chief and occasionally for the population, in case of public information . Such letters also can be ordered by the Chief of the village, the King, or they can be initiated by the Kunbaw themselves for the benefit of the population."
Someone should create a wikipedia page on this script. Not a lot of people know about it.