Sierra Leone Creole People - Diaspora

Diaspora

The Creole homeland is a mountainous, narrow peninsula on the coast of west Africa. The whole of Sierra Leone covers some 72,500 square kilometres. At its northern tip lies Freetown, the capital. The peninsula's mountain range is covered by tropical rain forests split by deep valleys and adorned with impressive waterfalls. White sand beaches line the Atlantic coast.

As a result of normal immigration patterns, the Sierra Leone Civil War, and some discrimination at home, many Krios live abroad in the United States and the United Kingdom. What has been called the "Creole Diaspora" is the migration of Krios abroad. Many Krios attend formal and informal gatherings. A Krio Heritage Society is based in New York City, with branches in places like Texas. Historically, Creoles spread Christianity and their lingua franca throughout West Africa, and because of this, Creole communities exist in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, Equatorial Guinea and Liberia. Many Creoles traded throughout West Africa, and some settled in new countries. Krios who settled in Nigeria were known as Saros, and there is a thriving community there. Creoles who settled in the Gambia are known as the Aku; they make up an elite community in Gambia. Many recaptives returned to their original homes after being freed in Freetown, as most kept their anglified names, they took partially new identities back to their homelands.

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