Published September 24, 2019
This video was recorded by Dorian in Washington, D.C., United States. Krio is an English-based creole, which has given rise to other creoles in West Africa, namely Nigerian Pidgin English, Cameroonian Pidgin English, and Pichinglis. Krio is the lingua franca of Sierra Leone and the native language to the Krios, a community of around 300,000 descendants of freed slaves. In total, Krio is spoken by almost 90% of the population within the country. While English is Sierra Leone's official language, the Ministry of Education began using Krio as the medium of instruction in some primary schools in Freetown in the 1990s. Radio stations now broadcast a wide variety of programs in Krio. In 2014 the first feature-length documentary entirely in Krio was produced.