Ashanti Proverbs (The Primitive Ethics Of A Savage People), by Robert Sutherland Rattray, 1916, uses the following notation :
I read that Ashanti people speak Twi, yet the Twi alphabet does not seem to have such diacritics as the ones used in the sentence above.
Is this alphabet obsolete (the book is one century old, and it writes Twi with a caron on the 'w'), and if so how would one write this sentence nowadays ?
Thanks to user6726's answer and further investigation, I believe the modern spelling must be close to
ɔketew nwe mako na fifiri mfi atwerorɔ.
- I found a few Twi/Akan-English dictionaries online, which proved helpful : J.G. Christaller's very old one, kasahorow.org, twi.bb, enacademic.com.
mfidon't appear directly in dictionaries because the
m-are negation prefixes : entries are for
atwerorɔdoes not appear either, I guess because it's a rare (or extinguished ?) word : the original source mentions it's a kind of frog, not the common word.