Krio, Creole in United States





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Krios (Sierra Leone Creole) are descendants of West Indian slaves from the Caribbean (primarily Jamaica) and freed slaves from the United States who landed in Freetown at the beginning of the nineteenth century. They were subjects of the British crown and enjoyed its protection as nationals. They speak Krio, a mixture of English and African languages.

Where Are they Located?

They live mostly in Freetown and surrounding areas as well as Gambia, Guinea, Senegal, United Kingdom and the United States. In the United States they are mostly settled in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Texas, New York, Georgia, California and North Carolina.

What Are Their Lives Like?

One very unique attribute of a Sierra Leonean Krio living outside of Sierra Leone is that they can usually adapt easily to Western lifestyle, especially in the United States and the United Kingdom.

A typical Krio meal is foo-foo, a dough-like paste made from cassava. This is a spicy dish consisting of leafy greens with tripe (sheep or goat stomach), fish, beef, salt pork, and chicken.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Krios are Christians, though they some also follow traditional beliefs. A very small number of Krios are Muslims--mostly women who marry with other local tribesmen who are Muslims.

What Are Their Needs?

There is a great lack of literacy among them in Sierra Leone. Elsewhere education is held in high regard.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Krio
People Name in Country Krio, Creole
Population in United States 4,800
World Population 788,000
Countries 6
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Aku, Creole, English Creole, Eurafrican Creole, Fernandino, Kiro, Sierra Leonean, Sierra Leonian Creole
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Sub-Saharan African, other
People Name General Krio
Ethnic Code NAN58
People ID 11244

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Krio (4,800)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Krio 4,800

For Main Lanugage: Krio

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1987-1992)
New Testament Yes   (1986-1992)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Krio Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.00 %)
80.00 %
Ethnic Religions
15.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
80.0 %
Photo Source: Francis Nelson Williams  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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