Gonja

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A language of Ghana

Autonym
Ngbanyito
Population

310,000 (2013 UNSD), increasing.

Location

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

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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

Gonja, Choruba (Choroba).

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. Literature. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2015.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 1970.

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Muslim.

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