Dagbani is member of the Gur branch of Niger-Congo languages. It is spoken mainly in northern Ghana by about 1.1 million people, particularly in the Kingdom of Dagbon in the Northern, Upper West, Upper East, Savannah and North East regions. It is closely related to, and mutually intelligible with, Mossi, which is spoken mainly in Burkina-Faso. Dagbani is also known as Dagbamba, Dagbane or Dagbanle, and is spoken by people who call themselves Dagomba or Dagbamba.
Dagbani is taught in primary and secondary schools, and there are radio programmes in the language.
Hear the Dagbani alphabet (Dagban bachi):
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Sal' la sala. Bɛhig' be sokam sanimi, din pa la amii. Suhizɔbo be sokam sani; ka nambɔxu beni. Suhubɔhibo mi bi lan kɔŋ yigunaadam kam sani. Dinzuxu dimbɔŋɔ zaa wuhiya ka dama di tu kamaata ka ti zaa yu tab' hali ni ti puuni.
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)
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Information about the Dagbani language and people
Berba, Birifor (Northern), Birifor (Southern), Dagaare, Dagbani, Frafra, Gourmanchéma, Kasem, Konkomba, Kusaal, Láá Láá Bwamu, Mampruli, Moba, Mossi, Tammari, Tem, Turka, Waama
Languages written with the Latin alphabet
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