Most of Africa did not have a written tradition of recorded history, however there are regions where a literate tradition a great antiquity exists. One of the earliest forms of writing was developed by the Egyptians- the hieroglyphic style -- around 3000 B.C. The ancient accounts give a vivid picture of what the Egyptian (African) civilization was like over its nearly 3000 years. The Kushite civilization -- focused in the city of Meroe -- had its own system of writing five centuries (or more) before the birth oOutsiders brought other literate traditions to Africa -- Greek, Latin, and Arabic were introduced in Mediterranean Africa. f Christ.