The population of Sierra Leone is a meager 7mil. The country is home to Temnes, Mendes, Limbas, Susus, Kono, Yelonka, Sherbro, Creole, Vai, Gissi, Kru, Loko, Kuranko, Madingo, Fulas and Krims. There is also the presence of a host of foreign nationals, adding to the cultural and ethnic diversity in the country. English is the official language. But Kriol (patwa), which was spoken by returned slaves after the abolition is widely spoken in Freetown and in a smaller scale in the provinces.
Sierra Leoneans would be fascinated to hear a tourist speak some of the Kriole words like ’Tenki’- Thanks, ’How di bodi’- how are you, ’Do ya’- please.
Sierra Leone has a unique mixture of cultures and traditions ranging from all the different ethnic groups. People’s cultures, beliefs, traditions and values are held in high regard. Rituals and traditional ceremonies are often exhibited at different times of the year. Religion is much present in the day to day life, and historical tourist attractions like monuments and relics are ubiquitous. Right around the country, there are cultural exhibitions. So prepare yourselves for spontaneous cultural activities.
Sierra Leoneans are very hospitable people, and such attitude is expressed in the way they receive foreingers and visitors.