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Fongbe Primer: Functional Fon Language for Our Everyday World

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Fongbe Primer: Functional Fon language for our Everyday World is the first book written by an "African American" on the Fon language spoken primarily in Southern Benin Republic, but also in as wide a range extending from Southwest Nigeria to Ghana; also used as a ritual language in Brazilian Candomble as Jeje, and as the basis for the creole language of Ayiti (Haiti). Fongbe Primer is an excellent work for those in the beginner to intermediary stages of studying the Fon language of Southern Benin Republic. Fongbe Primer contains not only a dictionary and many complete phrases, but it is rich with terminology expressing the deep history and philosophy of the people. Many African Vodún terms are included and explained. For the first time we have an intelligible, easy to study and read Fon-English resource for English speaking Afrikans seeking to learn the Fon language. With over 9,500 entries, Fongbe Primer is a major contribution to the active movement of Re-Afrikanization via tools assisting with living Afrikan culture.

From the book:

One does not have a culture without a living language. Therefore, this Fon language book presents the reader with functional Fongbe (Fon language) to be used in everyday situations. To Re-Afrikanize is an arduous process that must include, as one of its most vital components, the resurrection and implementation of Afrikan languages in one's daily life. Fongbe Primer is a great source for those who have embraced Aja (Fon) culture, especially those that are returning New Afrikan practitioners of the powerful and most ancient spiritual tradition of Vodun.


Table of Contents



About this Book                                                                                           

Path and Purpose                                                                  

The Alphabet in Fɔ̀ngbè                                                       

Expressing Time and Numbers                                          

Months and Days of the Week                                           

Personal Pronouns and Usage                                           


Word Addendums that

Shape Meaning                                                                       




         Monosyllabic Verbs                                                            

Preposition Usage                                                               

Kpè Máwú: Praising the Creator                                      

Useful Sentences and Their Structure  


Proverbial and Oracular Wisdom                                     

Everyday usage                                                                                         

           Body Parts                                                                                                 



About the Author   


Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches        

540 pages 

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It should be noted that we also provide spiritual services to the general Afrikan community such as: 

General Ifa Divinations
Roots Readings/Ipilese Fa - Detailed Fa reading that speaks on your true ancestral origins, ancestral family and clan names, the names of the ancestors you descend from on both sides, the years in which they were put into captivity, family occupations and family deities, family "curses" or spiritual ailments and how to remove them and much more
Zoto Readings - a Fa reading specific to the Aja culture of Benin, Togo, Parts of Southern Ghana, and Badagry SW Nigeria. This reading reveals your sponsoring ancestor. Among the Aja (also called Fon people) one's zoto is very important to know and is a major part of knowing one's destiny. The Zoto is the ancestral guiding light of the individual. This Zoto often has left the earth without fulfilling a key mission in life. This, they will hope to achieve, through the living descendant that he/she sponsors.
Hand of Ifa - Ceremony to find out your destiny. Done from the Aja Vodun perspective.


To inquire more about any of these services, Afrikan people are welcome to contact us at info@ganlodo.com


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  1. Five on the professionalism alone 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Apr 2019

    This book delivers exactly what it says. The tones and special characters are all included. The only thing I wish is that there be a section on structuring sentences.

  2. Language, History and Philosophy All in One 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Feb 2019

    The purpose of this book and the painstaking presence of all of the tonalities presented has recently dawned on me to show me this is a masterpiece written by an African American at that. There is a lot of history and even many Vodun concepts brought to light.

  3. The only text of its kind 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Aug 2018

    Don't be scared Afrikan. Purchase this book and read your legacy. Take my example, I also was extremely nervous when I found this site. Could all of this be true? I purchased this text, read through it, and when it spoke back to me I embraced it. I sent an image of a random page to someone from Benin, "100 100 100" emoji's representing it's legitmacy, followed by "Where did you get this?. Now you are here, soon you will be where I am writing your own review! There is no other book that will properly contetualize Fon for your Afrikan Mind.

  4. great book 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Apr 2018

    the author clearly shows command of the language. there is a lot here.

  5. All right 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Jan 2018

    History, culture and all the tones are presented throughout the book in the special Fon characters. Very meticulous and informative. Question: Hopefully someone can get back with me and tell me will there be any Fon language lessons or how can I get a private session. I will be going to Benin to get initiated this summer.

  6. I am grateful for this book 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Nov 2017

    Having recently found out that I am of Fon decent I have been trying to find a way to become familiar with Fongbe. This is the ONLY book out there that teaches it. It provides a solid foundation to build upon to learn the language. It also is valuable as an introduction to the Gbe-speaking cultures of Dahomey and Benin. Both historical and contemporary. There are even recipes from the region in the book! Don't expect to master the language by reading this. The title itself tells you that. Most people don't really understand what a "primer" is. But this book is very thorough and unprecedented. And it is written by an actual Axosu. How many books can say that?

  7. quality work 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Oct 2017

    I really like this book. I was surprise by how much history is in it.

  8. Classic! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th May 2015

    Excellent and does what it is described to do. The only thing is that I would like to see a revised model that teaches us sentence structure. However, this is a masterpiece otherwise.

  9. Impressed with the Tonations 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Apr 2015

    The author could have easily taken an easier route and given us a book without tones. However, he has used every tone possible and properly placed. This is what gets me about this work. Its professionalism is unquestionable. One minus, and why I give it only 4 stars (actually I give it a 4.7), is that it does not teach sentence structure (but the description of the book does not say it does either so there was no false advertisement).

  10. 5 stars just for the tone placement itself 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Feb 2015

    I was eager to get this book for a few reasons. Number one was that the author is always coming with something new and good for me who is trying to practice this tradition with not many people around. Secondly, was that the author seems to speak directly to people even when using deep concepts.

    But what got me is the fact that in 500 or more pages he uses the correct verifiable tones. I have been working with a prince from Benin who knows English, French and Fon and he was shocked to see someone using the correct tones and be from America. I had to "argue" the prince down that the author is from America and, to my knowledge, has never lived in Benin.

    My word of advice to Axosu Agbovi: PLEASE continue to do this for us. Nobody else can or is willing. Thank you so much.

  11. more than translations......... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Oct 2014

    The Qr codes,,,,are just what a young student needs. The history ,the photos and the recipes,,,,was very much appreciated,,
    This book is a lot more than a African language translation,,this book is the first of its kind...and H.R.M AXOSU AGELO AGBOVI I is definite the truth and divine in shareing such ancient knowledge....

  12. Very nice 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Oct 2014

    I am quite impressed with this book. The author was able to provide all of the unusual tone marks found in Fon words which was amazing. This book has a lot of history, proverbs, sayings, sentences and definitions. One thing I woud suggest that it provide a small section on how to do sentence structure. Other than that this book is platinum

  13. Masterful and Engaging 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Oct 2014

    I love the primer not only because it is replete with a plethora of real Fon terminology, containing the proper tonality and structure, but it even gets more into actual Vodun culture than I was expecting. This is a jewel that I recommend to serious students of African culture and language. I have even recently started using this book with my students in a history class. Thank you so much for your professionalism and dedicated work.

    Dr. Ferrel Thomas (Kofi Agyei)

  14. Refreshing addition! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Dec 2013

    I think this book will now set the trend and cause our complacent scholars to get on the move with liberation books. Language liberates.

  15. First of its kind 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Dec 2013

    I normally never give a book a perfect rating but this being a first I had to. I went through the whole 405 pages and it is very professional with just the write amount of illustrations. I enjoyed listening to the pronunciations also.

  16. Wonderful wonderful 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Dec 2013

    This book is awesome from its very professional look to the last page. There is much knowledge here. More than a dictionary this book educates a lot on history. I like that Vodun is represented here which I had no clue it would be so much Vodun knowledge here. The only thing is I wish there was a CD along with this, At the same time the reader is provided with qr codes throughout the book whereas you can listen to some audio. Kudos for this

  17. Can't put it down 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Dec 2013

    I truly recommend this for those of us trying to re Africanize ourselves like the author mentions. Nice touch!

  18. Doesn't miss a beat 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Dec 2013

    This book is exactly what the community needs. I give 4 instead of 5 because on a personal note I wanted to see a bit more word definitions. But the book has plenty. I highly recommend.

  19. A Take Charge Work 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Dec 2013

    The author is obviously a take charge person filling in a major gap that has been existing. There is a big interest in Vodun especially after the more popular system of Ifa (Yoruba tradition) seems to not be fulfilling people in the way it should.But that being said I had no clue how Vodun focused this language book would be! I am very impressed. The initiative and leadership evident in this work causes me to want to support the author and his kingdom even more. Support our king and brother Agelo Agbovi I who has proven the opposition wrong every time.

  20. Mark of Excellence for Our Race 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Dec 2013

    As a race woman, I must say that I was brought to tears after going through this book to see how profound it is and how much the author put into making sure it has the proper tones and structure. I took screen shots of some of the pages and sent to by friends in Benin who speak Fon and they are highly impressed! So I can attest right here to everyone that this book is 100% authentic.

    I honestly believe that the ancestors sent the author to us to restore our lost minds. He states in the book that language is a key part of ReAfrikanization. Though I do not fluently know any Afrakan languages yet I have been saying this. Many of my nationalists friends have downplayed this but the author expounds on this briefly in his introduction. What I love about just that is that most Afrakan language books speak abour preserving the language (as do many Yoruba language books). That is good but I have never seen one before Fongbe Primer state that one main reason they put the book out was to help RE Afrakanize our people! This is deep and that alone gets 100 stars from me.

    This book is rich with info...not just definitions. And it is definitely for someone serious about learning Fongbe. I am more serious than ever now.

  21. The Ancestors are Finally Pleased! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Dec 2013

    I have looked and looked for a Fon language book that was comprehensible for the longest. My kids would laugh at me every time they would look on the computer and see where I had been constantly searching for Fon language books in English. My oldest said I would not find it and wala!!!

    This book is incredible and I am so glad that it was not released by some white anthropologist spying on our culture. I am happy to say I was able to support 100% Black and a 100% excellent product. The book is in excellent condition. The information in here is astounding.And I must give my apologies for not expecting the product to be on this level of professionalism and beauty.

  22. Wow, Wow,Wow 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Dec 2013

    I do not know where to start with how wonderful this book is. It is totally different from most books on Afrikan languages I have come across. I meticulously went through this book and can honestly say that the book appears to be complete with tonation marks to show the correct pronunciations.

    There is so much to the book I did not expect. There is some history that is in this book that I had no idea of and from the looks of it only a person immersed in the Fon/BEnin/Vodun culture would know and be able to expound on. So this book is part dictionary, part vocabulary, part history book, and even has recipes from benin.

    My next wish is for the author or someone from their organization to start a small Fon language course. I would be first in line for such. This book looks excellent as the other person stated and came to me much faster than what I thought it would. Much much respect. I will be ordering more books from Axosu Agelo Agbovi I. Thanks to your ancestors for allowing us to have you.

  23. Fòngbè Primer 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Dec 2013

    The book looks great! I am really impressed with the packaging and how fast the book arrived.

    Overall, the book informs the reader not only the language of Fòngbè but the culture and its rich history. Oh, I can't forget to mention the food recipes as well. Yummy!

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