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21.02.2017 Feature Article

Ghana's Mother Language Has Been Akan

Ghana's Mother Language Has Been Akan
LISTEN FEB 21, 2017

On UN's International Mother Language Day (IMLD) it is pertinent and appropriate to note and accept that the mother tongue/language of our dear motherland Ghana, incontrovertibly, is AKAN/TWI.

There are over forty dialects in Ghana used by the various ethnic groups making up the nation Ghana with Asante, Akuapem, and Fanti, taking about 60%. It is noteworthy that before the birth of Ghana the Gold Coast these divisions existed in some coalition of sorts.

Ghana that united these traditional divisions properly and was born on March 6, 1957 was heralded by the founder Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

The mother tongue/language of Ghana is what the founder used to declare our independence. HE SPOKE TWI/AKAN despite the fact that he hailed from Nzima and declared it on Ga-inhabited area for our capital city and knew of the various ethnic groups! What else in addition to my various articles on this topic are you waiting to convince you?

Like ICT, you may ignore Akan/Twi to your own disadvantage in future. A word to the wise is enough, the saying goes.

It is ENGLISH or AKAN/TWI or both for Ghana. The choice is yours!

Kwabena Ofori-Panin
Kwabena Ofori-Panin, © 2017

The author has 135 publications published on Modern Ghana. Column Page: KwabenaOforiPanin

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