Published August 12, 2017
This video was recorded by Fiel Sahir in Düsseldorf, Germany, where Theresa lives and works. Twi, also called Asanti Twi, is spoken by as many as nine million people, primarily in the Ashanti region of Ghana, where it is nationally official and the most widely-spoken African language. It is also spoken in parts of Côte d'Ivoire and by diaspora communities worldwide. A member of the Niger-Congo linguistic family, Twi is related to more than a thousand other languages across western and southern Africa, including Igbo, Yoruba, and Shona. It derives from from Asante and Akuapem, two former literary dialects of the Akan language. Though Twi is a primarily spoken language, there has been a consolidated orthography since 1978.