The Akan language belongs to the Kwalanguage family. It is spoken in Ghana, and is made up of a group of similar languages which are mutually intelligible. Among the twelve dialects are Ashanti, Fante, Akuapem, Akyem, Twi, Kwahu and Brong. The Akan language is one of the primary government-sponsored languages in Ghana.
The language came to South America, notably Suriname with the slaves. Escaped slaves in the interior of Suriname still use a form of this language, including the custom of naming children the day of the week that they were born e.g. Kwasi (for a boy) or Kwasiba (girl) born on a Sunday. In Suriname also the Anansi spider stories are well known.
Categories: Kwa languages | Akan language | Languages of Ghana | Language stubs
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