Categories: Ethnicities

Whether Ashanti, Akuapem, or Denkyira; Abron, Fante, or Wassa; whether residing in Ghana or the Ivory Coast, the Twi/Fante speaking subgroups that make up the matrilineal Akan people consider themselves one nation. Akan means first, foremost, and is a reference to the enlightened, the civilized. A forest people in a gold-rich region, the Akan prospered, leading the way for the early rise of centralized states and the eventual emergence, in the central forest region of Ghana, of the grand Ashanti Kingdom.

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