Monthly Archives: October 2021


We mourn the loss of four luminaries who passed away in the last month. They are:

-September 16. Alexandra Vydrina, a linguist who specialized in the Guinean language of Kakabe, who was a researcher at LLACAN (INALCO, CNRS, PRES Sorbonne Paris Cité).

-September 20. Rev. J. Peter Gorwor, a Liberian pastor who was skilled at translating into and from the Bassa language using the Bassa Vah script.

-September 27. His Majesty Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya, sultan of Foumban, Cameroon, who promoted his people’s history and culture across many roles and responsibilities, including support of the Bamum scripts and archives.

-October 1. El Hadji Assane Faye of Dakar, inventor of the Garay script used primarily for Wolof, which was featured in an episode of Star Trek: Discovery that first aired in 2019.

May they rest in peace.

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