BY Novieku Babatunde Adeola, 12:20pm July 23, 2019,

How ancient Africans communicated over long distances way before the telephone

Traditional drummers -- Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Communication is the means of transferring or sending information from one person to another through a medium. This mediums, over the years, have evolved making communication more sophisticated with a wider reach. Its evolving face, however, does not take anything away from the glory of the tools used in communicating.

Communication on the continent varies with ethnicity. However, the most common form of communication was through messengers who were good orators and multilingual to be able to send messages across regions.

Before the introduction of all modern forms of communication, Africans communicated via several other means – some verbal, others non-verbal.

Follow our list of some ways Africans communicated before the telephone.

Last Edited by:Francis Akhalbey Updated: July 24, 2019


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