Afaka is a creole syllabary from Surinam. It was developed for the Ndjuka’s language in 1900 by Afaka, a member of the Ndjuka people. The script was discovered in 1910 and has been introduced in many political and cultural issues within the Ndjuka people and with their external relations. Like many writings systems from Africa that are contemporary to Afaka, the (post-) colonial context influences the creative process of these shapes. This research questions the social and historical context of these writings and how it affects the genesis of their creation, their use, their dissemination... Within the Missing Script program and in concern of enhacing these missing writing systems in Unicode, the research also looks into the current use of the script to determine its typographic shape.
The Missing Scripts 2018. Afaka