Nzema is member of the Kwa branch of the Atlantic-Congo language family. It is spoken mainly in Jomoro district of the Western region in southwestern Ghana, and also in the Comoé district in Aboisso department in southeast Ivory Coast. In 2004 there were 330,000 speakers of Nzema, which is also known as Appolo.
Nzema has been written with the Latin alphabet since 1965.
Menli muala di bɛ ti anwo na eza noko bɛsɛ wɔ dibilɛ nee adenlenyianlɛ nu. Bɛlɛ ndwenlenwo nee adwenle, yemɔti ɔwɔ kɛ bɛkile adiemayɛlɛ bɛmaa bɛ nwo ngoko.
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)
Information about the Nzema language
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