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N'Ko is an African writing system invented in 1949 by Soulemayne Kante of Kankan , Guinea . Edge, born in 1922, was bothered by the fact that some foreigners consider Africa to be culturally devoid of culture because it has no native writing system.

The N'Ko script is mainly used in Guinea , Mali and the Ivory Coast for the languages Maninka , Bambara and Dioula . It is written from right to left.

Since autumn 2006, N'Ko has been available in the Unicode Standard 5.0 and thus in the future with the latest operating systems on all computers in the world (see also Unicode block N'Ko ).

Writing system


ɔ O u ɛ i e a
NKo Aw.svg NKo O.svg NKo Uh.svg NKo Eh.svg NKo E.svg NKo A.svg NKo Ah.svg


ra there cha Yes ta pa ba
NKo R.svg NKo D.svg NKo Ch.svg NKo J.svg NKo T.svg NKo P.svg NKo B.svg
ma la ka fa gba sa rra
NKo M.svg NKo L.svg NKo K.svg NKo F.svg NKo Gb.svg NKo S.svg NKo Rr.svg
n '   ya wa Ha n / A nya
NKo Ng.svg   NKo Y.svg NKo W.svg NKo H.svg NKo N.svg NKo Ny.svg


  • J.-L. Amselle: Le N'Ko au Mali. Cahiers d'études africaines 1996. Vol. 36, No. 144, pp. 823-826.

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