How ancient Africans communicated over long distances way before the telephone

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Drummers Mohamed Gueye and Richard Olatunde Baker on how the talking drum imitates speech_Photo: BBC

This means of communication was developed and used by cultures living in forested areas. These drums, due to their ability to travel a longer distance in a hollow environment, were one of the most effective ways by which ancient Africans communicated.

Some of these drums vary across the West African sub-region; The Wolof people in Senegal used the Tama, Yoruba of Nigeria and Eastern Benin used the Gan Gan and Dun Dun respectively, Akans of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire used the Dondo, Lunna was used by folks in the Dagomba tribe of Northern Ghana and Mossi of Burkina Faso, Hausa of northern Nigeria, Niger, northern Ghana, Benin and Cameroon used Kalangu and finally, Doodo was used by Songhai and Zarma of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger

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Traditional Gangan drummer from Western Nigeria_Photo: Wikipedia commons
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Last Edited by:Francis Akhalbey Updated: July 24, 2019


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