[lg policy] Ghana's president wants to make French an official language

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Mon Apr 8 10:43:01 EDT 2019


Ghana’s president wants to make French a formal language, but it’s not a
popular plan
[image: Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu]
By Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu <https://qz.com/author/kwasigyamfiasiedu>April 7,
2019

Ghana was one of the first British colonies in sub-Saharan Africa to
achieve independence in 1957 and as such has had strong ties to the English
language as a modern country for over a hundred years. Most Ghanaians
who’ve been through some level of formal education learn to speak English
alongside their regional language.

But since coming to office in 2017, Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo has
been pushing for Ghanaians to also learn French and one day make it the
country’s official second language.

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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