The Akonting was the first banjo originating in West Africa
This is my take on this instrument built from articles, photos and
discussions with experts.
It was a three string intrument with three different lengths strings and used a gourd with a goataskin head.
This banjo features the following:
Curly Maple neck 49" in length
Canteen style gourd 11" dia x 4" deep
Goatskin head treated with ScotchGard water repellent
3 friction Ebony violin tuners
All 3 strings are 60lb. monofiliment fishing line(per documents)
Oil finish on neck
There are many Youtube videos about the Akonting and how to play the instrument.