A language of Ghana

Alternate Names
Accra, Acra, Amina, Gain

600,000 (2004 SIL).


Accra, southeast coast area.

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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).

Language Use

Major language of Accra. Also use English [eng]. Used as L2 by Nawdm [nmz].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 30%–60%. Literacy rate in L2: 75%–100%. Taught in primary and secondary schools. Dictionary. Bible: 1866–1997.

Latin script [Latn], used since 1975.

Other Comments

Ethnonym: Gamei (literally, Ga people), Ganyo (sg.) or Ganyobi (child of a Ga person). Ga refers to the language, ethnic group, and central part of Accra. Traditional religion.