African Languages Wall by Olayami Dabls on Flickr
The graphics, done with paint, mirror pieces and found objects, illustrate the many languages of Africa. It is part of outdoor displays at the site of Dabl’s African Bead Museum. There are 24 examples of written scripts used in a selection of African languages.The rarest of the ancient languages displayed on “the African Language Wall” is over 5,000 years old.
Olayami Dabls refers to himself as a storyteller who uses mirrors, wood, paint, iron and glue, to speak in his unique style. His on-going research is discovering fascinating information about African people pre-occupation with communicating messages using all types of materials (i.e. drums, textile, sculptures pottery, metal items traditionally. ) Africa at one time had over 2,000 languages and hundreds of dialects and were identified by their languages, before Europeans divided the land into the present countries, in 1885.
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