Siwu language (akp)

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Also Known As: Siwu Language,Akpafu-lolobi,Siwusi,Lolobi-akpafu


Siwu is a Niger-Congo language spoken in the mountainous central part of the Volta Region of Ghana. The speakers of Siwu call themselves the Mawu and their land Kawu. Siwu is spoken in a total of eight villages scattered about in the mountains north of Hohoe. Estimates of the total number of speakers range between 10,000 and 23,000. Kawu is divided into Akpafu (West) and Lolobi (East), corresponding to a dialectal division. The five Akpafu towns are Tɔdzi, Ɔdɔmi, Mempeasem, Sɔkpoo, and Adɔkɔ. They are all within some 8 kilometres from each other as the bird flies, with the former three clustering on the Western side of the Akpafu range, and the latter two on the opposite side of that range. The three Lolobi towns Kumasi, Ashiambi, and Huyeasem are much closer to each other; they are located in the less mountainous area northeast of Hohoe.

The speakers of Siwu are peasant farmers, with most of them having several small plots of land at walking distance (30 minutes - 2 hours) where they grow hilly rice, cocoa, corn, cassava, yam, plantain, and some other crops. Corn and cassava are relatively recent introductions, whereas rice has been grown from time immemorial. The local type of..... full article at Wikipedia

Location of Siwu language Speakers


Main Country: Ghana
Spoken In:

Regions: Africa

ISO 639-3 Code: akp

Classification Taxonomy

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  Niger-Congo Group

    Atlantic-Congo Group

      Volta-Congo Group

        Kwa Volta-Congo Group

          Nyo Kwa Group

            Potou-Tano Group

              Lelemi Group

                Lelemi-Akpafu Group

                  Siwu language