Buy a wall scroll with your favorite Africa-related title in Chinese or Japanese.

Quick links to words on this page...

  1. Africa
  2. Algeria
  3. Angola
  4. Anguilla
  5. Benin
  6. Botswana
  7. Burundi
  8. Cameroon
  9. Central Africa
10. Central African Republic
11. Chad
12. Comoros
13. Djibouti
14. Egypt
15. Ethiopia
16. Falkland Islands
17. Gabon
18. Gambia
19. Ghana
20. Guinea
21. Kenya
22. Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature
23. Lesotho
24. Liberia
25. Madagascar
26. Malawi
27. Mali
28. Mauritania
29. Mauritius
30. Morocco
31. Mozambique
32. Namibia
33. Niger
34. Nigeria
35. Rwanda
36. Senegal
37. Seychelles
38. Sierra Leone
39. Somalia
40. South Africa
41. Sudan
42. Swaziland
43. Tanzania
44. Togo
45. Uganda
46. Zambia
47. Zimbabwe


Africa

China ā fēi lì jiā
Africa Wall Scroll

阿非利加 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the Latin / Spanish name África

Africa

China fēi zhōu
Africa Wall Scroll

非洲 is the Chinese name for the continent of Africa

Algeria

China ā ěr jí lì yà
Algeria Wall Scroll

阿爾及利亞 is the Chinese name for the country of Algeria

Angola

China ān gē lā
Angola Wall Scroll

安哥拉 is the Chinese name for the country of Angola

Anguilla

China ān guī lā dǎo
Anguilla Wall Scroll

安圭拉島 is the Chinese name for Anguilla (overseas territory of the United Kingdom).

Benin

China bèi níng
Benin Wall Scroll

貝寧 is the Chinese name for the country of Benin

Botswana

China bó cí wǎ nà
Botswana Wall Scroll

博茨瓦納 is the Chinese name for the country of Botswana

Burundi

China bù lóng dí
Burundi Wall Scroll

布隆迪 is the Chinese name for the country of Burundi

Cameroon

China kā mài lóng
Cameroon Wall Scroll

喀麥隆 is the Chinese name for the country of Cameroon

Central Africa

Japan chuuou a fu ri ka
Central Africa Wall Scroll

中央アフリカ is Central Africa written in Japanese.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Katakana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Central African Republic

China zhōng fēi gòng hé guó
Central African Republic Wall Scroll

中非共和國 is the Chinese name for the country of the Central African Republic

Chad

China zhà dé
Chad Wall Scroll

乍得 is the Chinese name for the country of Chad.

Comoros

China kē mó luó
Comoros Wall Scroll

科摩羅 is the Chinese name for the country of Comoros

Djibouti

China jí bù tí
Djibouti Wall Scroll

吉布提 is the Chinese name for the country of Djibouti

Egypt

China āi jí
Egypt Wall Scroll

埃及 is the Chinese name for the country of Egypt.

Note: Egypt rests partially in Asia and Africa.


See Also:  Asia

Ethiopia

China āi sài é bǐ yà
Ethiopia Wall Scroll

埃塞俄比亞 is the Chinese name for the country of Ethiopia

Falkland Islands

China fú kè lán qún dǎo
Falkland Islands Wall Scroll

福克蘭群島 is the Chinese name for the Falkland Islands (overseas territory of the United Kingdom).


See Also:  Great Britain | United Kingdom

Gabon

China jiā péng
Gabon Wall Scroll

加蓬 is the Chinese name for the country of Gabon

Gambia

China gāng bǐ yà
Gambia Wall Scroll

岡比亞 is the Chinese name for the country of Gambia

Ghana

China jiā nà
Ghana Wall Scroll

加納 is the Chinese name for the country of Ghana

Guinea

China jī ní
Guinea Wall Scroll

基尼 is the Chinese name for the country of Guinea

Kenya

China kěn ní yà
Kenya Wall Scroll

肯尼亞 is the Chinese name for the country of Kenya

Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature

China qí lǐn
HK keilun
Japan kirin
Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature Wall Scroll

This word is the title of a mythical beast of Asia.

The animal is thought to be related to the giraffe, and in some ways, it is a giraffe. However, it is often depicted with the horns of a dragon or deer and sometimes with the body like a horse but many variations exist.

In Japanese it is pronounced “Kirin” as in “Kirin Ichiban” beer.

Kirin - Mythical Beast and Great Japanese Beer!
Notes:

1. 麒麟 is sometimes spelled as “kylin”.

2. In Japanese, this is the only Kanji word for giraffe. Therefore in Japan, this word needs context to know whether you are talking about the mythical creature or the long-necked giraffe of Africa.

3. Apparently, this was the first word used for regular giraffes in China (some were brought from Africa to China during the Ming Dynasty - probably around the year 1400). Though the mythical creature may have existed before, the name “qilin” was given to the “new giraffe”. 麒麟 is because, more than 600 years ago, giraffes somewhat matched the mythical creature's description when Chinese people saw them for the first time. Later, to avoid such an ambiguous title, a three-character word was devised to mean a “giraffe of Africa”. The characters for “qilin” shown here are only for the mythological version in modern Chinese.

4. More information about the qilin / kirin from Wikipedia.

5. This creature is sometimes translated as the “Chinese Unicorn”, even though it is generally portrayed with two horns. I think this is done more for the fantasy aspect of the unicorn and because most westerners don't know what a qilin or kirin is (this avoids a long explanation by the translator).

6. In Korean, this can mean kirin or simply giraffe (usually the mythological creature is what they would think of when seeing these characters alone on a wall scroll).

Lesotho

China lái suǒ tuō
Lesotho Wall Scroll

萊索托 is the Chinese name for the country of Lesotho

Liberia

China lì bǐ lǐ yà
Liberia Wall Scroll

利比裡亞 is the Chinese name for the country of Liberia

Madagascar

China mǎ dá jiā sī jiā
Madagascar Wall Scroll

馬達加斯加 is the Chinese name for the country of Madagascar

Malawi

China mǎ lā wéi
Malawi Wall Scroll

馬拉維 is the Chinese name for the country of Malawi

Mali

China mǎ lǐ
Mali Wall Scroll

馬裡 is the Chinese name for the country of Mali

Mauritania

China máo lǐ tǎ ní yà
Mauritania Wall Scroll

毛裡塔尼亞 is the Chinese name for the country of Mauritania

Mauritius

China máo lǐ qiú sī
Mauritius Wall Scroll

毛裡求斯 is the Chinese name for the country of Mauritius

Morocco

China mó luò gē
Morocco Wall Scroll

摩洛哥 is the Chinese name for the country of Morocco

Mozambique

China mò sāng bǐ kè
Mozambique Wall Scroll

莫桑比克 is the Chinese name for the country of Mozambique

Namibia

China nà mǐ bǐ yà
Namibia Wall Scroll

納米比亞 is the Chinese name for the country of Namibia

Niger

China ní rì ěr
Niger Wall Scroll

尼日爾 is the Chinese name for the country of Niger

Nigeria

China ní rì lì yà
Nigeria Wall Scroll

尼日利亞 is the Chinese name for the country of Nigeria

Rwanda

China lú wàng dá
Rwanda Wall Scroll

盧旺達 is the Chinese name for the country of Rwanda

Senegal

China sāi nèi jiā ěr
Senegal Wall Scroll

塞內加爾 is the Chinese name for the country of Senegal

Seychelles

China sài shé ěr qún dǎo
Seychelles Wall Scroll

塞舌爾群島 is the Chinese name for the country of Seychelles

Sierra Leone

China sài lā lì áng
Sierra Leone Wall Scroll

塞拉利昂 is the Chinese name for the country of Sierra Leone

Somalia

China suǒ mǎ lǐ
Somalia Wall Scroll

索馬裡 is the Chinese name for the country of Somalia

South Africa

China nán fēi
South Africa Wall Scroll

南非 is the Chinese name for the country of South Africa

South Africa

Japan minami a fu ri ka
South Africa Wall Scroll

南アフリカ is South Africa in Japanese.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Katakana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Sudan

China sū dān
Sudan Wall Scroll

蘇丹 is the Chinese name for the country of Sudan

Swaziland

China sī wēi shì lán
Swaziland Wall Scroll

斯威士蘭 is the Chinese name for the country of Swaziland

Tanzania

China tǎn sāng ní yà
Tanzania Wall Scroll

坦桑尼亞 is the Chinese name for the country of Tanzania

Togo

China duō gē
Togo Wall Scroll

多哥 is the Chinese name for the country of Togo

Uganda

China wū gān dá
Uganda Wall Scroll

烏干達 is the Chinese name for the country of Uganda

Zambia

China zàn bǐ yà
Zambia Wall Scroll

贊比亞 is the Chinese name for the country of Zambia

Zimbabwe

China jīn bā bù wéi
Zimbabwe Wall Scroll

津巴布韋 is the Chinese name for the country of Zimbabwe


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Africa 阿非利加ā fēi lì jiā
a1 fei1 li4 jia1
a fei li jia
afeilijia
a fei li chia
afeilichia
Africa 非洲fēi zhōu / fei1 zhou1 / fei zhou / feizhou fei chou / feichou
Algeria 阿爾及利亞
阿尔及利亚
ā ěr jí lì yà
a1 er3 ji2 li4 ya4
a er ji li ya
aerjiliya
a erh chi li ya
aerhchiliya
Angola 安哥拉ān gē lā
an1 ge1 la1
an ge la
angela
an ko la
ankola
Anguilla 安圭拉島
安圭拉岛
ān guī lā dǎo
an1 gui1 la1 dao3
an gui la dao
anguiladao
an kuei la tao
ankueilatao
Benin 貝寧
贝宁
bèi níng / bei4 ning2 / bei ning / beining pei ning / peining
Botswana 博茨瓦納
博茨瓦纳
bó cí wǎ nà
bo2 ci2 wa3 na4
bo ci wa na
bociwana
po tz`u wa na
potzuwana
po tzu wa na
Burundi 布隆迪bù lóng dí
bu4 long2 di2
bu long di
bulongdi
pu lung ti
pulungti
Cameroon 喀麥隆
喀麦隆
kā mài lóng
ka1 mai4 long2
ka mai long
kamailong
k`a mai lung
kamailung
ka mai lung
Central Africa 中央アフリカchuuou a fu ri ka
chuuouafurika
chuo a fu ri ka
chuoafurika
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.


A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.



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