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n. pl. Akan or A·kans
1. A Kwa language spoken in parts of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire whose two main varieties are Fante and Twi.
2. A member of a people of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire, including the Fante and the Twi.

A′kan′ adj.


npl -kan or -kans
1. (Peoples) a member of a people of Ghana and the E Côte d'Ivoire
2. (Languages) the language of this people, having two chief dialects, Fanti and Twi, and belonging to the Kwa branch of the Niger-Congo family


(ˈɑ kɑn)

n., pl. A•kans, (esp. collectively) A•kan.
1. a Kwa language of S Ghana.
2. a subdivision of the Kwa language family that includes Akan and related languages of Ghana, the Ivory Coast, and Togo.
3. a speaker of the Akan language or languages.
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Noun1.Akan - a Kwa language spoken in Ghana and the Ivory Coast
Kwa - a group of African language in the Niger-Congo group spoken from the Ivory Coast east to Nigeria
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Ghana, like Cote d'Ivoire, is made up of nearly 50% Akans and 50% others.
Wiredu seems to think that in their normal, natural selves, 'traditional elders' of the Akans are not inclined to science.
Man Cures, God Heals: religion and medical practice among the Akans of Ghana.
It just happens that the Akans use the given selection of physical marks to play the same referential role for which the English use the mark complex 'person'.
Much of what goes for Asante is valid for many Akans, but I use this limited group so as to avoid the complexity created by the patrilineal Akan such as the Akuapem.
One Twi respondent argued that Ewe should not have been mentioned at all: "No Akans feel good about it" (T20).
The Akan people [of Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana] are believed to have migrated to their current location from the Sahara desert and Sahel region of West Africa into the forested region around the 6th century, and many Akans [only] tell their history as it started in the forested region of West Africa, as this is where the ethnogenesis of the Akan, as we know them today, happened.
Nor, similarly, is a statement like "The creator created death and death killed him" (a cosmological statement found among the Akans of Ghana) restricted in its message to anything having to do with any one culture.
And so, without being consulted, the Akans found themselves shoved into two different countries.
Other historians and scholars have provided evidence that proves that the Akans carried the memory of Ausare, the "lord of resurrection" as they migrated through West Africa.