The website of the Senegalese NGO Aid Transparency offers a lot of interesting information on the conservation and digitisation of ancient manuscipts from Africa. Among others, you will find information on conferences including programmes and abstracts, several small videos which show the work of the archivists etc., a country specific search for news about African manuscripts, writing systems and much more. ... [editors ilissAfrica]
This facebook group wants to promote writing in Mandjak, a language spoken in Guinea-Bissau, Gambia and Senegal. Members of the group try and write in Mandjak and give each other hints and links about literature, music, and other information concerning Mandjak language and culture. [editors ilissAfrica]
One of the main sites about the scripture and movement of N'ko, scripture invented by Guinean Solomana Kante in 1949 for the Mande languages. In order to view the site cirrectly, you have to download some special fonts. The site is a little bit chaotic. The following links are of special interest: "Kafa Lu Serede" (an extensiv list of over 100 books in N'ko), "Kanté" (Songs of Souleymane Kanté and other texts in French and English, among others from N'ko researcher Diane Oyler), "Écriture N'ko" and "Contacts" (contacts to representatives all over the world). The author of the site, Diané, is a professor for N'ko at the University of Al-Azhar in Cairo since 2003. ... [editors ilissAfrica]
Site of the Center of the Negro-African Script in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The CNAS does research on the Mandombe script, invented 1978 by David Wabeladio Payi, a follower of the Kimbanguist Church, in a kind of divine inspiration. The site offers information about the script, its invention, history etc. Furthermore, you can find the Lord's Prayer / Our Father written in several African languages in Latin script as well as in Mandombe. ... [editors ilissAfrica]
Among others, the Unesco Institute for Lifelong Learning has a focus on Africa. You will find a lot of reports and studies as fulltext documents on the website. Furthermore, you will find a database on the subjects of Adult Education, Literacy, Non-formal Education, Lifelong Learning, part of them in African languages (under: Information Services > Documentation Centre and Library;direct link: http://uil.unesco.org/content/home/information-services/documentation-centre-and-library/catalogues/special-collection/). ... [editors ilissAfrica]
The research network offers a lot of information on literacy, applied linguistics, reading culture, writing culture, African languages and much more. You will also find conference announcements or announcements of book publications. [editors ilissAfrica]
Website of a Ugandan network on multilingual education. You will find posts about topics like multilingual and African language / mothertongue education, literacy, reading culture and much more. You will also find annoucements of conferences. [editors ilissAfrica]
Link list of the research group about manuscript culture in Asia and Africa. You will finds links for different regions including Africa. Among others, there are links to information about Islamic manuscripts from Mali (Timbuktu), Nigeria and the Swahili region. [editors ilissAfrica]
Islamic Manuscripts from Mali features 32 manuscripts from the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library and the Library of Cheick Zayni Baye of Boujbeha, both in Timbuktu, Mali. The texts and documents included in Islamic Manuscripts from Mali are the products of a tradition of book production reaching back almost 1,000 years. The manuscripts presented online are displayed in their entirety and are an exemplary grouping that showcase the wide variety of subjects covered by the written traditions of Timbuktu, Mali, and West Africa.
The manuscripts are written in various styles of the Arabic script. These styles were developed in Timbuktu and the surrounding regions of Mali and West Africa.
There are special presentations of maps, photographs, and other information about the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library. These presentations provide a fuller picture of the culture and society which produced and preserved these valuable artifacts of human endeavor.
Digital images of the manuscripts were donated by Abdel Kader Haidara, owner and director of the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library. The Library of Congress will include additional manuscripts in the future as new digital images are received. ... [according to site editor's information]
The Center for Research Libraries and the Cooperative Africana Microform Project (CAMP) present a collection of 19th century manuscripts relating to slavery and manumission in Timbuktu.
The collection of 206 manuscripts from the Bibliothèque Commémorative Mama Haidara in Timbuktu, Mali, were loaned to John Hunwick, Professor of History and Religion, Northwestern University, with the hope that the manuscripts would receive conservation treatment and be digitized in order to make them accessible via the Web.The materials, in Arabic, provide documentation on Africans in slavery in Muslim societies.The documents were digitized with generous support from the Northwestern University Program of African Studies. ... [Redaktion ilissAfrica]