Categories: Ethnicities

The term “Aku” has two meanings:

[1] It is used to refer to a group of Yoruba from Nigeria who immigrated into the Krio community of Freetown in Sierra Leone in the 1820s and never lost their separate identities. While most Krios are Christians, the Aku are devout Muslims who still speak Yoruba.

[2] In the Gambia, the term “Aku” refers to a population of mixed African and European descent who speak an English-based creole language of the same name that is similar to the Krio language of Sierra Leone.

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