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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Nigeria: Africa’s Superpower?

British Museum / Guardian Public Forum 2010

The event was chaired by Jon Snow, writer and broadcaster, with an introductory speech from Neil MacGregor, director, the British Museum.

Other speakers included Father Matthew Kukah, Parish Priest of Kaduna, Nigeria, Dr Abdul Raufu Mustapha, Lecturer in African Politics, University of Oxford, Dele Ogun, chairman of the Yoruba Foundation, and Chika Unigwe, writer.

This audio originally appeared on the Guardian website.

This event took place on 8 June 2010.


Image: Copper head. Found at Wunmonije Compound, Ife, Nigeria. Late 14th-early 16th century. © Karin L. Wills/Museum for African Art/National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria.

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