Twi Wikimedia Community User Group

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Twi Wikimedia Community User Group


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The Twi Wikimedia Community User Group is a User Group in Ghana with a mission to enhance the visibility of the Twi language on Wikipedia and ultimately preserve the culture and heritage of the Ashanti tribe in Ghana. Ashanti, also known as Asante, are part of the Akan ethnic group and are native to the Ashanti Region of modern-day Ghana.

Twi also known as Akan kasa, or Akan-speak, is a dialect of the Akan language spoken in southern and central Ghana by several million people, mainly of the Akan people, the largest of the seventeen major ethnic groups in Ghana. Twi has about 17–18 million speakers in total, including second-language speakers; about 80% of the Ghanaian population speaks Twi as a first or second language. Like other West-African languages, Twi is a tonal language.

The Ashanti people developed the large and influential Ashanti Empire, along Lake Volta and the Gulf of Guinea. The empire was founded in 1670, and the Ashanti capital Kumasi was founded in 1680 by Asantehene (emperor) Osei Kofi Tutu I on the advice of Ɔkͻmfoͻ Anͻkye, his premier. Sited at the crossroads of the Trans-Saharan trade, the Kumasi megacity's strategic location contributed significantly to its growing wealth. Over the duration of the Kumasi metropolis' existence, a number of peculiar factors have combined to transform the Kumasi metropolis into a financial centre and political capital. The main causal factors included the unquestioning loyalty to the Asante rulers and the Kumasi metropolis' growing wealth, derived in part from the capital's lucrative domestic trade in items such as gold, slaves, and bullion.

Objectives

  1. Preserve the culture and heritage of the Ashanti tribe in Ghana
  2. Enhance the visibility of Twi language on Wikipedia
  3. Encourage editing on Wikipedia in local languages
  4. Increasing the vocabulary of modern concepts, materials in Twi
  5. Expanding the scope of nomenclature for medicinal plants, biological and botanical species etc

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