Gambia Hosts N’ko Symposium

The Gambia is hosting its first-ever N’ko sympossium on the promotion of learning and teaching of N’ko, Mandinka scripts invented by Guinean writer and inventor Souleymane Kante.

Promotionand Education in the Gambia is pleased to inform that it is holding it is first ever symposium on promotion of teaching and learning N’KO or Mandinka scripts in the Gambia.

Organised by the Promotion and Education of N’ko in The Gambia, the symposium is scheduled to take place at Tango headquarters on Sunday 8 July 2018 from 15:00 to 18:00. The event will witness the presentation of the state of Nko teaching and learning in the Gambia and progress registered to that effect in the sub region. Plans to promote N’ko teaching and learning at communal level in The Gambia will also be highlighted.

In the view of the above, Nko Association in The Gambia is soliciting financial support from all concerned Mande people and whoever is interested in promoting Nko teaching toward the successful organisation of the event.

Those willing to support this crucial drive can send contributions to the following people:

Mr. Karamo Jammeh –  +220 – 765-5160                                                  +46 – 762-285-231

Omar Sisawo  –              +220-304-0926

Omar Jaiteh    –               +220-207-7469

Donations can alternatively be sent to this  Nko Promotion and Education bank account at Ecobank Gambia: 0063024904798601.

The general public, especially those learning Nko scripts are highly invited to a watershed event expected to be graced by very  important dignitaries. Nko materials will be available for anyone interested in learning N’ko script which is gaining popularity in the world. It’s among the languages that are taught in Havard University in the United States.

Soulaymane Kante invented N’ko alphabet for the Manding languages of Africa. N’Ko, which means “I say” in all Manding languages, was invented in 1949 after several nights of deep meditation. It was a response to beliefs elsewhere that Africans were a “cultureless people” who could not write in their own alphabet. N’ko was first used in Kankan in Guinea before spreading to other Manding-speaking parts of West Africa.



  1. Kinteh (kemo)

    That is great news. Well appreciated. I hope grts will Records and Broadcast the event to wider viewers. We must encourage this script. For the benefit of the future generations!

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