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New Perspectives on the Sierra Leone Krio

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Mac Dixon-Fyle and Gibril Cole

The ex-slave, Krio population of Freetown, Sierra Leone – an amalgam of ethnicities drawn from several parts of the African continent – is a fascinating study in hybridity, creolization, European cultural penetration, the retention of African cultural values, and the interface between New World returnees and autochthonous populations of West Africa. Although its Nigerian connections are often acknowledged, insufficient attention has been paid to the indigenous Sierra Leonean roots of this community. This anthology addresses this problem, while celebrating the complexities of Krio identity and Krio interaction with other ethnic groups and nationalities in the British colonial experience.