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Out Of Hiding? Strategies Of Empowering The Past In The Reconstruction Of Krio Identity

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The Krio are the descendants of liberated slaves in Sierra Leone who, on the background of heterogenous origins, developed and maintained a new common ethnic identity. However, in recent years, since the end of the civil war, an increasing number of Krio have become more engaged in public discourse and involved in political activities on the national level. The historical dimension of diaspora in Krio identity is, of course, particularly obvious and evident, with many ancestors of the Krio having come from the Americas or from other places outside Sierra Leone. Thus, Africanizing 'Yoruba-style' is not so much aimed at becoming a 'regular' Sierra Leonean, but at Africanizing Krio elitism. The pidgin potential can be generated in relation to creole ethnogenesis, over the course of which native peoples and characteristics were integrated into the emerging creole group and culture.

Keywords: civil war; diaspora; Krio identity; pidgin potential; Yoruba



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