Expedite actions to save Bono language from extinction – House of Chiefs
Techiman (Bono East Region), April 30, 2022
The Bono East Regional House of Chiefs has on Thursday expressed and emphasized the need for documentation and learning of the Bono dialect in Basic Schools.
Pimapim Yaw Kagbrese V, President of the House and also Omanhene of Yeji Traditional Area was optimistic the Bono dialect, when officially documented, would help in academic, posterity and cultural recognition of Bono people.
He lauded the initiative and pledged full support of the House when the executives of the ‘Bono Twi Project’ team paid a courtesy call on the House in Techiman, the regional capital.
The courtesy call was to brief the Chiefs on progress made on activities of the project in terms of legal registration at the Registrar General’s Department, certifications and official bank account opening.
The visit sought to seek blessings, guidance and support from the Chiefs to make the initiative a success as well as the establishment of Bono Twi Secretariat to spearhead the course of the project.
Nana Kagbrese V encouraged the team to speed up actions and engage all relevant and key stakeholders as soon as possible to make the dream a reality and save the Bono language from extinction.
Speaking on behalf of the Team, Mr. William Kwasi Sabi, the Board Chairman worried “Bono Twi is the mother dialect of the Akan Language, but it is unfortunate that Bono Twi is not yet documented”.
Hence, there was the need for the Bono Twi documentation project for the benefit of both current and future generations.
The team was working in collaboration with the Ghana Bible Society for the Bono Twi Bible Translation.