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As part of the Kwa branch of the Niger–Congo family, the Akan languages appear in a diverse number of dialects. With regard to official status howerver, only three (3) are recognised; Asante Twi, Fante and Akuapem Twi. It is the most-widely spoken language in Ghana

We have 79 languages in Ghana.Nine languages have the status of
government-sponsored languages: Akan, Dagaare/Wale, Dagbani, Dangme, Ewe, Ga,
Gonja, Kasem, Nzema. However, two dialects of Akan, Twi and Fante,although not
government-sponsored, are also widely-spoken in Ghana. About fifty percent
Ghanaians are born with Twi being a mother's tongue but more than 70% of
Ghanaians speak a variety of the Twi language and most commercial activities
and cultural events are conducted in Twi, one might ask, WHY IS THAT SO? My
simple answer is that, though English language is the official language in the
country, most market women, farmers, fishermen who are the driving force behind
our commerce can hardly utter a word in English and since Twi which is easier to
learn and the Twi speaking people dominate our commercial activities, one can
easily envisage why Twi language has become dominant in Ghana.

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