Diaspora Connect February 21, 2019 at 01:00 pm

5 Caribbean mother tongues that developed from West African languages

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson | Staff Writer

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson February 21, 2019 at 01:00 pm

February 21, 2019 at 01:00 pm | Diaspora Connect

Jamaican Patois

Today, Patois or Patwa as it has globally come to be called is one of the most imitated languages in the world. Especially in show business due to its uniqueness and almost musical feel.

Described as Jamaican Creole, the language developed among the plantations after the banning of African indigenous languages.

Meanwhile, Kromanti was spoken by the Maroons, Patois developed among the enslaved workers, who needed to communicate with each other.

Jamaican Patois is a blend of English language with West African languages mainly Akan from Ghana and Yoruba from Nigeria.


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