About Us

The Bureau of Ghana Languages (BGL), formerly the Vernacular Literature Bureau, was established by the Vernacular Literature Board Ordinance in 1951 and later the Bureau was converted to a Department under the Ministry of Information. It was later transferred to the Ministry of Education in 1963. The BGL had also been a department under the National Commission on Culture. BGL is currently a department under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture by dint of the Executive Instrument that created the Ministry in 2017.

The Bureau of Ghana Languages exists to promote the preservation of Ghanaian Languages and Culture through publication, certification and usage of world class systems, technology and collaborations with local and international partners. The Bureau is mandated to render the services to government, organizations and the general public.

Ghanaian Languages


Akuapem Twi

Akuapem Twi is one of the principal Akan dialects of the Akan people in and around Akwapem, Ghana


Ashanti Twi is one of the principal Akan dialects spoken by the Akan people in and around Ashanti, Ghana

Dagaare is the maternal language of the Dagaaba people in Ghana and Burkina Faso



Dagbani, also known as Dagbanli, is a Gur language spoken in Ghana mainly by the Dagombas



The Dangbe language is a Kwa language spoken in south-eastern Ghana by the Dangbe People.



Ewe (Eʋe or Eʋegbe) is a Gbe language spoken by the Ewes in southeastern Ghana and Togo


Ga is a Kwa language spoken in Ghana, in and around the capital Accra, of the Greater Accra Region.


The Gonja language is a North Guang language spoken by the Gonja ethnic group of Ghana

Gurene also known as Frafra, is the language of the Gurene people of northern Ghana, particularly Upper East


Kasena (Kasem) is a Gur language of the Kassena ethnic group in the Upper East of Ghana

Kusaal is a Gur language spoken predominantly by the Kusaasi in northeastern Ghana.



Mfantse or Fante is one of the principal Akan languages spoken by people in southwestern Ghana.

Nzema is a Central Tano language spoken by the Nzema people of southwestern Ghana

Details of activities are the exhibition of Ghanaian language books during book fairs, state events, traditional festivals, and durbars, etc, embark on sales promotions of BGL publications in schools, and collaboration with relevant agencies to educate the masses on government policies, matters of national importance and periodic outbreaks of diseases using Ghanaian languages.

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