The Fante language, one of the widely spoken languages in Ghana, has been approved on Wikipedia, making it the fifth Ghanaian language to have its own Wikipedia page.
This marks a significant milestone for the Fante Wikimedians Community, which initiated the process in March 2022. The language was approved during its incubation stage in the Wikimedia Incubator on April 18, 2023, and the transition was completed on April 20, 2023.
Fante is primarily spoken in the central and southern regions of Ghana, as well as in settlements in other regions in western Ghana, with an estimated 2 million speakers.
Some notable speakers of the language include former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former Ghanaian presidents Kwame Nkrumah and John Atta Mills, Cardinal Peter Appiah Turkson, and Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang.
Famous poet and author Maya Angelou also learned Fante as an adult during her stay in Ghana.
The approval of Fante on Wikipedia allows users to read articles in the Fante language and access some materials exclusive to Fante's history, culture, and people.
This achievement is significant as Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia edited by volunteers from all around the world and hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation.
According to a statement from the Fante Wikimedians Community, “This is not just a win for us, but for the preservation and promotion of the Fante language, culture, and history. We are excited to join four other Ghanaian languages on the Wikimedia platform and hope to continue contributing to the world of open knowledge.”
The Fante Wikipedia can be accessed via fat.wikipedia.org or through the translation button from other Wikimedia wikis. This new development in the Fante language is expected to increase its visibility and encourage its continued growth and development.