Wakandan    Wakandan

Wakandan is an alphabet designed by Hannah Beachler, and used in the 2018 film Black Panther. It is based on Nsibidi symbols. In the film it is used to transliterate English text in the credits and other on-screen text. Another script used in the film was developed by Oluwaseun Osewa and inspired by Nsibidi, a system of symbols used in southeastern Nigeria between about 400 and 1400 AD.

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Download an alphabet chart for Wakandan (Excel)

Sample text in the Wakandan (in English)

Sample text in the Wakandan


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Sample text in the Wakandan (in Xhosa)

Sample text in the Wakandan


Bonke abantu bazalwa bekhululekile belingana ngesidima nangokweemfanelo. Bonke abantu banesiphiwo sesazela nesizathu sokwenza isenzo ongathanda ukuba senziwe kumzalwane wakho.

This script is only used to transliterate English in the film, as far as I can tell. However, Xhosa is spoken quite a lot, so I thought I would include a sample text in Xhosa as well.

The Wakandan font used on this page is Wakanda Forever, created by Adam Shady.

Sample of the Nsibidi-inspired script

Sample of the Nsibidi-inspired script used in the Black Panther film

According to Raven, this means "meeting-or-Congress hall for the Panther King and Nation".

Source: https://www.themarysue.com/black-panther-poster-teaser/


Information about how this script was created

Wakandan fonts

Type Wankanda - transliterate text into the Wakandan script

Information about Nsibidi

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