Planning to visit or work in West Africa? Krio is the lingua franca of Sierra Leone, a descendent language from Sierra Leonean Creoles or Krios, returning freed slaves that settled Freetown. Krio is also spoken in Gambia, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea. Mende is a the language of the Mendi ethnic group, which makes up nearly a third of Sierra Leone's population, and dwells in the southern and eastern part of the country. It is also widely spoken in Liberia. Let me help you get acquainted with either of these languages, learn basic vocabulary and simple phrases, or build up your skills through conversation.
I'm an energetic and enthusiastic public health advocate, working for the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Bo District. Previously, I worked for Medicos Del Mundo as a health program learning officer in Moyamba, and for Family Health International in Freetown, Sierra Leone. I am a native speaker of Krio and Mende, the principal languages of Sierra Leone, as well as English. My passion is public health, clinical research, data management and analysis.
Through conversation, we discover the wider world. I will help you learn Krio or Mende, and you will share a piece of your world with me.