Adele people

The Adele people are an ethnic group and tribe of the Ghanaian-Togo border area indigenous to the Jasikan, Nkwanta South and Nkwanta North Districts of the Volta Region centered around the towns of Dadiasi and Dutukpene in Ghana and the Sotouboua Prefecture of the Centrale Region centered around the towns of Assouma Kedeme and Tiefouma in Togo.[2] The Adele people are agricultural, primarily farming yams, cassava, plantain, beans, and rice.[3]

Total population
37,400 (2012)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Ghana, Togo[1]
Adele, French
Related ethnic groups
Atwodes, Basaris, Bimobas, Buems, Chokosis, Ewes, Guans, Konkombas, Kotokolis and the Likpes


A 1960 census estimated that there were 2,400 Adele people in Ghana.[4] Today, the tribe has population size of approximately 37,400.[1][5]

Other cultural groups in the Ghana-Togo border region include the Atwode, Basari, Bimoba, Buems, Chokosi, Ewe, Guang, Konkomba, Kotokoli, and Likpe peoples.[6]


The Adele language, one of the Ghana–Togo Mountain languages, is spoken by Adele, Kunda, Animere, and Northern Ghanaian peoples.[7]

Adele WomenEdit

The Adele Women is an agricultural group in the Upper Volta region of Ghana. They practice subsistence farming and have been trained in Permaculture from the Permaculture Network in Ghana, under the leadership of Paul Yeboah.[8][9]


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  2. ^ "Adele Homeland" (PDF). The Joshua Project. 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  3. ^ Olson, James Stuart (1996). The Peoples of Africa: An Ethnohistorical Dictionary. Westport: Greenwood Press. p. 8. ISBN 0313279187. OCLC 32968738.
  4. ^ Lentz, Carola; Nugent, Paul (2016). Ethnicity in Ghana: The Limits of Invention. New York City: Springer. p. 163. ISBN 978-1349623372 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Poidi-Gblem, Honorine Massanvi; Kantchoa, Laré Pierre (2012). "Les langues du Togo: État de la recherche et perspectives". Editions l'Harmattan (in French).
  6. ^ Bashiru Zakari, Alhaji (6 December 2016). "Kotokolis Also Voted to Become Ghanaians as Others". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  7. ^ Kropp, Mary E. (2015). The Languages of Ghana. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge. pp. 120–125. ISBN 9781317406044.
  8. ^ "Adele Women Association - Nkwanta 'Upper Volta' Ghana".
  9. ^ "Adele Women Association (Ghana) and the Permaculture Intensive". 2012-09-26.