Published February 15, 2019
This video was recorded by Daniel Bögre Udell in Cape Town, South Africa, during the 2018 Wikimania Conference. Dagbani is spoken by at least a million people, primarily in the West African nation of Ghana, where it is a widely-spoken 'lingua franca', or common language between different linguistic groups. A Nig-Congo language of the Gur family, it is closely related with the Mampelle language and shares roots with over a thousand mother tongues, including Yoruba, Fula, and Shona. Thanks to the Ghanaian government's recent shift toward multilingual education, Dagbani is integrated into public school curriculums in the country's northern Dagbon Kindgom.