Gonja

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A language of Ghana

Population

230,000 (2004 SIL), increasing.

Location

Northern Region, south; west central, upper branches of Volta lake area; Black Volta river to White Volta area, both sides.

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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.

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, used since 1970.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Muslim, Christian.