At the same time, a worsening domestic economy, declining infrastructure, and deteriorating health conditions have prevented the country's progress, and have to some extent hindered the development of a strong sense of collective pride or shared national identification, especially in the rural areas outside the capital city. Sierra Leone is located on the west coast of Africa, north of the equator.
“My great-grandmother was born here in this house, and every generation since has been too.”Like their better-known Americo-Liberian neighbors, Krios scramble the commonly known history of West Africa’s role in the transatlantic slave trade—providing a tale of people crossing the Atlantic not into slavery, but out of it; sailing not away from Africa, but back toward it.
But while that legacy has left a cosmopolitan imprint on Sierra Leonean society, it’s also saddled Krios with a sometimes difficult relationship with the country around them, leaving them at times poised between a dramatic past and uncertain future.“For much of the colonial era, Freetown was seen as the ‘Athens of West Africa’ — a center of education and culture — and Krios were a great force in many disciplines and in political life,” says Sylvanus Spencer, a Krio scholar who is head of the department of history and African Studies at Fourah Bay College in Freetown, West Africa’s oldest university.
These traditions have been preserved along the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia.
Part 2 A young black scholar named Lorenzo Turner began to research Gullah culture and language.
Thanks to the Sierra Leonan government, a group of the Gullah people from St.
Helena Island traveled to meet their “family across the sea.” Upon arrival at the airport, they were greeted by thousand of dancing and singing Sierra Leonans.
He’s only 23, but Prince Royce already knows how to make us swoon.
Not only does the Dominican American singer-songwriter have the voice of an angel, but he uses it to record songs like the beautiful “Corazón Sin Cara,” in which he croons that it doesn’t matter if you’re fat or skinny, none of that matters to him because he’s not perfect either.
Part 3 Anthropologist Joe Opala has studied the history of slavery from the African side of the ocean.
He has tracked a remarkable series of connections that end in Charleston and trace back to Africa.
Bunce Island, a quarter-mile long island, twenty miles from Freetown, was the furthest point inland where slave ships could travel without being grounded, and was the location from which Africans were boarded on ships and taken to Charleston and the slave market.