The Akan live between the Volta river and the Atlantic coast in southern and central Ghana and in southeastern Côte d'Ivoire. They include a large number of ethnic groups, the most well-known of which are the Ashanti (Asante) and the Fanti (Fante). The Akan share a common language, Twi, which belongs to the Akan branch of the Kwa subfamily of the Niger-Congo family of languages. The Akan peoples have a long history beginning around 1000 AD with the migration of Twi-speaking Gbon people from the Niger bend south to the Ghanaian coast where various kingdoms were founded in succession.The different ecological zones have contrasting types of agriculture. In the south there has been widespread development of major commercial crops.
- Western Africa
- Cote d'Ivoire