Nafanan is a member of the Southern Senufo branch of the Atlantic-Congo language family. It is spoken by about 90,000 people, mainly in northwest Ghana, and also in nearby parts of Ivory Coast. In particular, it is spoken in the towns of Sampa and Banga in the northwest of the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana, and east of Bondoukou in Ivory Coast.

Nafanan is also known as Nafaanra, Nafaara or Nafana. The people who speak it call themselves Nafana, although they are known as Banda or Mfantera by others.

Nafanan alphabet and pronunciation

Nafanan alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Nafanan (Excel)


Nafanan has three tones: a high tone, a mid tone and a low tone. These are not usually marked in writing, however when they are, the high tone is indicated with an acute accent (á), and the low tone is indicated with a grave accent (à).

Sample sentences in Nafanan

Dansiɛlifun kprafun wa kala fnɛ, la, denyjuu dansiɛlifun we kala fnɛ.
A truthful witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.

Lewo ŋmba u u nyu kee dɔɔtaa kpan, u u ŋmaa le chichie.
He who guards his lips guards his life.


Sample video in Nafanan


Information about the Nafanan language

Altantic-Congo languages

Abua, Bandial, Bariba, Berom, Cebaara, Efik, Esimbi, Ibibio, Iceve-Maci, Jibu, Jju, Kambari, Kar, Kissi, Kom, Laalaa, Limba, Mbum, Mono, Mundang, Nafanan, Noon, Obolo, Safen, Supyire, Temne, Ubang, Yemba

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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