U photo da na mi looking glass  Na me sweet poem  Bot e go disapear jis nor  Na me las en las ar lek u
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Krio poem, translated by Mahota Ada Lappia

Translation and interpretation of my love poem into krio a language of Sierra Leone spoken by 5 million people. Based on English this Creole (patois) has as origin, the language of slaves freed from the West Indies settled in Sierra Leone. The krio being spoken by almost the totality of the population, it has the peculiarity of uniting the different ethnic groups.

Sierra Leone is a state of West Africa which owes its name "the lion mountain", to the silhouette of Freetown peninsula. At the time of its discovery by the Portuguese the country was occupied by the Sapes kingdom. A century of invasions has followed by groups of warriors of mande origin (notably the Manes). Then came a large number of freed slaves from New England and West Indies, then black Americans loyalist refugees from Nova Scotia, followed by "maroon negroes" from Jamaica.
African poetry