In fact, the manufacture of many Akan crafts is restricted to male specialists.Pottery-making is the only craft that is primarily a female activity; men usually fashion pots or pipes depicting anthropomorphic or zoomorphic figures.The various Akan groups speak various dialects of the Akan language, a language rich in proverbs, and the use of proverbs is considered to be a sign of wisdom.
The coastal Akans were the first to have relations with Europeans during the "Scramble for Africa".
As a result of this long association, these groups absorbed aspects of British culture and language.
For example, it became customary among these peoples to adopt British surnames.
The coastal Akans live predominantly in the Central Region and Western Region of Akanland.
The Ga-Adangbe people or simply Ga people (named for the common proto-Ga-Adangbe ancestral language) inhabit the Greater Accra Region.
The Adangbe inhabit the eastern plain, while the Ga groups, occupy the western portions of the Accra coastlands.
Both languages are derived from a common root language, modern Ga and Adangbe languages are still similar. For centuries, the area inhabited by Dagomba peoples has been the scene of movements of people engaged in conquest, expansion, and north-south and east-west trade.
Despite the archeological evidence that photo-Ga-Adangbe-speakers relied on millet and yam cultivation, the modern Ga-Adangbe reside in what used to be fishing communities, and more than 75 percent of the Ga-Adangbe live in urban centers. Many terms from Arabic, Hausa and Dyula are seen in the Dagbani language, due to the importance of trans-saharan trade and West African trade and the historic impact that the Islamic religion has had in the area.
English, is the official language, but the indigenous Twi of the Ashantis, the Fante language, Frafra, Ga, Dagbani, Mampruli, Gonja and Ewe also have official status and are taught in school as indigenous (local) language in the respective areas where they predominate.
The Akan people live in Akanland, and are one of the few matrilineal societies in West Africa.
The matrilineal system of the Akan continues to be economically and politically important.