|From page 12, Learn World Calligraphy, by Margaret Shepherd. The African chapter includes history, master alphabets, guidelines, and design ideas.|
The symbols in this phonetic syllabary were created in Cameroon over a century ago by a panel of artists and thinkers. Inspired by dream that came to King Njoya, this unique and sophisticated alphabet for the Bamum language became a symbol of national pride. Accordingly, French colonial policies sought to suppress it.
Recently a group of academics, historians, and scribes have been reviving its use.