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Wakandan    Wakandan

Wakandan is an alphabet designed by production designer, Hannah Beachler, for use in the 2018 film Black Panther. It appears to be based on the Tifinagh and Sabaean scripts. In the film the script 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.

Notable features

Wakandan

Wakandan

Download an alphabet chart for Wakandan (Excel)

Sample text in the Wakandan (in English)

Sample text in the Wakandan

Transliteration

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

Transliteration

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/

Links

Information about how this script was created
http://www.indiewire.com/2018/02/black-panther-wakanda-written-language-ryan-coogler-afrofuturism-1201931252/

Wakandan fonts
https://dribbble.com/shots/4269681-Wakanda-Forever
http://www.fontspace.com/kaptured-kaios/modern-wakandan

Type Wankanda - transliterate text into the Wakandan script
https://typewakanda.com/

Information about Nsibidi
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nsibidi

Fictional alphabets


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