• Population: Around 2,000
  • Occupation: Majority farmers and fishermen; Asisiriwa is surrounded by lush countryside and sits about 1.5 hours’ trek from Lake Bosomtwe, meaning it is a prime location for growing cocoa, plantain, cassava, and banana, as well as fishing nsuomunam from the lake.
  • Religion: Mostly Christian. Asisiriwa boasts some 6 Christian churches of different denominations to cater to the spiritual needs of its community members, as well as at least one herbalist (someone who practices traditional African religion and dispenses traditional medicinal remedies). Traditional African Religion (TAR) certainly colors the community mythos of Asisiriwa with stories of curses, spirits, and witches, but when asked, most community members will point to one of the Christian churches for their religious convictions.
  • Ethnicity: Ashanti/Asante. The people of Asisiriwa are descended from Ghana’s most infamous people group: the Ashantis, who ruled pre-colonial Ghana with a vast empire and who would later rebel against British rule with several successful military campaigns, effectively resisting full colonization until 1901 with the capture of Queen Mother Yaa Asantewaa. The Ashantis are a proud people whose warrior heritage echoes through their traditions and social dynamics.
  • Language: Asante Twi. Although the official language of Ghana is English, only about 76% of Ghanaians are considered literate. Akan—the umbrella language which includes the Twi dialect, and Asante Twi in particular—is much more widely spoken, and is considered something of an unofficial lingua franca among Ghanaians.
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