The aim of this paper is to examine the research productivity on tribology contributed by African countries. The related bibliographic records are extracted from Science Citation Index – Expanded of WOS. The analyzed parameters are: publication year, documenttype, language, country, institution, author, journal, number of citations andinternational collaboration. Earliest article in tribology research by African author was published in 1979. 80% of the total output was published between 2001 and 2014.Authors from Egypt, Tunisia and South Africa are engaged in tribology research more than other African countries. Future bibliometric analyses of articles published by African researchers will be focused to examine author and institutional level collaboration.