Aja (Adja)

Aja is a member of the Gbe branch of Volta-Niger language family. It is spoken in the south west of Benin and in the south east of Togo, specifically in the departments of Couffo, Mono and Zou in Benin, in the Plateaux and Maritime regions of Togo. In 2012 there were about 550,000 Aja speakers: 360,000 in Benin, and 190,000 in Togo. The language is also known as Ajagbe, Aja-Gbe, Hwegbe or Hwè.

Aja has been taught in schools in Benin since 2013. It is also used in newspapers and on the radio.

Aja alphabet and pronunciation

Aja alphabet and pronunciation

Some information provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

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Sample text in Aja

Agbetɔwo pleŋu vanɔ gbɛmɛ ko vovoɖeka gbeswɛgbeswɛ, sɔto amɛnyinyi ko acɛwo gomɛ; wo xɔnɔ susunywin ko jimɛnywi so esexwe. Wo ɖo a wɛ nɔvi ɖaɖa wowo nɔnɔwo gbɔ.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Sample video in Aja


Information about Aja

Volta-Niger languages

Aja, Ayizo, Edo, Ewe, Fon, Gen, Igala, Igbo, Ikwerre, Isoko, Nupe, Ogba, Urhobo, Yorùbá

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

Page last modified: 23.04.21


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