Krio Borbor na di wet man wa sabi tok Krio pas some Salone pipul dem sef.
In Krio Borbor’s voice, fambul dem una Kushe oooooooo.
Following Krio Borbor on social has been so fun and inspiring. He has made me and thousands other Sierra Leoneans laugh through his funny Krio speaking videos on social media.
Because of this, I decided to interview him as I believed there was more behind his funny Krio videos.
To achieve the, I reached out to some of his followers on Instagram to help me draw the questions.
Below are the questions by Krio Borbor fans and his answers.
1. What is your name and where were you born?
Nick Wood. Born in Utah, United States.
2. When was your first time in Sierra Leone?
May 1st, 2010. A day I will always remember.
3. You could have chosen any other name, but why did you choose Krio Borbor?
As missionaries, we were not taught krio. We were expected to speak english or learn the krio on our own through our interactions every day.
I became obsessed after hearing it spoken clearly by the sierra leoneans. Anyone that knows me can confirm that I refused to speak English.
Even to the other missionaries that couldn’t speak krio or understand well. Na in no mo ar bi day tok.
4. Sierra Leone has many other local languages, why did you choose Krio?
This was the most practical, as it is that all sierra leoneans speak this language.
It was what I heard spoken the most often and it only made sense to spend my time really learning krio instead of trying to learn each tribes language individually.
I can greet in a few of the other languages like Mende but krio is the one I know the most.
5. What is your connection with Sierra Leone: A job, home, family etc?
My church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints).
At the age of 18, we are asked to serve as missionaries around the world. We do not choose the location we are asked to serve in.
I could have just as easily been asked to serve in europe or a local place like California. So when I turned of age, I met the requirements and then was asked to spend 2 years in Sierra Leone.
6. What is the most common reaction you get from people when you speak Krio in public and in your videos?
Many people will tag their friends and tell them to come look at the “White Man” that speaks krio.
I love it, it’s the same response I got while in Sierra Leone.
I would frequently listen to conversations from Okada or Poda poda drivers for example and often they would try and get more money from me and I would call them out in krio. hahah good times.
7. Would you see yourself living in Sierra Leone?
Absolutely. I have had two children and got married and started a business in the last 6 years.
It has been tough to find the right time to go but by God’s grace I’ll be visiting this year.
I would love to travel the world and meet Sierra Leoneans from all over and eat Salone food.
8. Watin na yu favourite Salone slang en song?
Dem bin aks wi fo no listen music wey wi bi day pan God in wok. Na in mek ar no go ebul answa dis wan ya.
9. Watin na yu favourite Salone chop en yu sabi cook am?
Ar no sabi cook am bet mi favorite chop na Potato leaf and Groundnut Sewp. Di thick thick wan so.
10. What makes you smile and how do you make your love ones smile?
When I connect with people. There is nothing better. I make my love ones smile by acting goofy all the time.
Maybe you can see that is how I am from the videos.
11. What advice would you give to non Sierra Leoneans wanting to Work or visit Sierra Leone?
It will be the most life changing time of your life. You will learn to appreciate the little things that you take for granted and you will begin to find happiness in the things that sometimes get forgotten about in regular life.
Also money doesn’t bring happiness. While in sierra leone we were asked to pay our own way for everything.
We definitely never received any kind of money, not even to live off of. You would think that this would be super hard to accept but it is through helping others that happiness comes.
12. How can we find you on social media?
Title credit contribution: @savannahserry
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