Gonja (Ngbanyito)

Gonja is a member of the North Guang branch of the Kwa language family. It is spoken in the Brong-Ahafo and Northern regions of northern Ghana. In 2013 there were about 310,000 speakers of Gonja.

Gonja is used to some extent in schools, and the language has official recognition.

Gonja has originally written with a version of the Arabic script. During the 20th century the Latin alphabet came to be used in a number of versions. The current alphabet was reviewed by the Gonja Orthographic Commitee in Tamale in 2014.

Gonja alphabet

Gonja alphabet

Download an alphabet chart for Gonja (Excel)

Sample text in Gonja

Bu kurwe dimedi kikɛ mobe kumu so, nɛ mobe, eyilikpa, kesheŋ nɛ kashinteŋ maŋ kɔr eko peyɛ to. Nyinpela sa dimedi kikɛ lakal nɛ mfɛra fanɛ bu chena abarso kelepo so.


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 videos in Gonja

Information about Gonja | Tower of Babel


Information about the Gonja language

Gonja dictionary

Kwa languages

Abidji, Adele, Ahanta, Akan, Anii, Anyin, Avatime, Baoulé, Chakosi, Chumburung, Dangme, Fante, Foodo, Ga, Gonja, Krache, Kyode, Logba, Mbato, Nkonya, Nzema, Siwu, Tchaman, Twi

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

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