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 instrument with three different lengths strings and used a gourd with a goataskin head.
This banjo features the following:
Canarywood neck 45" in length
Kettle style gourd 9 3/4" dia x 6" deep
Tailpiece is Mahogany
Goatskin head llent
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.