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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.
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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
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(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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Mr John Akans, the party's Publicity Secretary, made the allegation in Jengre town of Bassa Council of the state in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
What is rather plain dishonesty is the way some Ewe leaders will cry foul when there is the perception of corruption within other ethnic groups, especially the Akans. So we hear Togbe Afede publicly calling Freddie Blay a corrupt person who should answer before the Special Persecutor.
Wiredu seems to think that in their normal, natural selves, 'traditional elders' of the Akans are not inclined to science.
But one exception was a Dagbani respondent who, in response to the question asking for a suggestion as to which language might serve as an indigenous national language, responded in anger: "For a long time now, the Akans think that we northerners are less human.
This dangerous idea to blame any misfortune on Ewes to Akans, especially Asantes is plain cowardice and shifting of blame.
"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.
Even though he expressly did not use the words inward-looking as applicable to Akans, Dr.
And so, without being consulted, the Akans found themselves shoved into two different countries.
At the last check, the Akans in positions in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) newly-elected officers make up, at least, 70%, if I am not mistaken.
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.