African Sign writing

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This is Africa

Here are some signs that you won't find

anywhere else in the world except in Africa.

In a restaurant in Zambia: "Open seven days a

week and weekends."

On the grounds of a private school in South

Africa: "No trespassing without permission."

On a window of a Nigerian shop: "Why go

elsewhere to be cheated when you can come


On a poster in Ghana: "Are you an adult who

cannot read? If so, we can help."

In a hotel in Mozambique: "Visitors are expected

to complain at the office between the hours of

9.00 am and 11.00am daily."

On a river in the Democratic Republic of Congo:

"Take note: When this sign is submerged, the

river is impassable."

In a Zimbabwean restaurant: "Customers who

find our waitresses rude ought to see the


A sign seen on a hand dryer in a Lesotho public

toilet: "Risk of electric shock - Do not activate with

wet hands."

In a Botswana jewellery shop: "Ears pierced while

you wait."

On one of the buildings of a Sierra Leonne

hospital: "Mental Health Prevention Centre."

In a maternity ward of a clinic in Tanzania: "No

children allowed!"

In a cemetery in Uganda: "Persons are prohibited

from picking flowers from any but their own


In a Malawi hotel: "It is forbidden to steal towels,

please. If you are not a person to do such a

thing, please don't read this notice."

A sign posted in an Algerian tourist camping

park: "It is strictly forbidden on our camping site

that people of different sex, for instance a man

and woman, live together in one tent unless they

are married to each other for that purpose."

In a Namibian nightclub: "Ladies are not allowed

to have children in the bar."

In a photo studio in Chitungwiza (Zimbabwe):

"Photos taken while you wait"

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