Gonja

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A language of Ghana

Population

230,000 (2004 SIL), increasing.

Location

Northern region: upper basin of Volta lake area; Brong-Ahafo region: Kintampa North district, separate area to west.

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Language Status

4 (Educational). Recognized language (1951, Laws of the Gold Coast, Vernacular Literature Board Ordinance, as amended by Ordinance No. 44).

Dialects

Choruba (Choroba), Gonja.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Also use English [eng]. Used as L2 by Hanga [hag], Safaliba [saf].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: Below 5%. Taught in primary and secondary schools. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1984.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 1970.

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Muslim.