Centre for Critical Heritage Studies


KRIO - Parebul en Povabs (Krio Parables and Proverbs) ɛmti bag nɔ ba tinap

24 July 2021, 4:00 pm–5:30 pm

Charlie Haffner

The KHF welcomes Mr Charlie Haffner for an afternoon of Krio Parables and Proverbs

Event Information

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Nenna Orie Chuku

ɛmti bag nɔ ba tinap
A series of discussions about Sierra Leonean Krio culture and traditions through words, sounds and performances.

The series opens with an introduction to Sierra Leonean Krio parables and proverbs with the founder and director-general of Freetong Players, Mr Charlie Haffner.

  • The Freetong Players troupe take centre stage in the second event on 21 August 2021 with a re-enactment of the pre-wedding ceremony, put stop.
  • The sounds of Krio are explored through the third event on gombay music on 18 September 2021.

About the speaker and performers
Mr Charlie Haffner is a playwright, the founder and director-general of the Freetong Players, and currently chairs the Sierra Leonean National Monuments Relics and Commission. His most recent play is the epic historical drama, A Nation's Journey. Mr Haffner features in the 2021 documentary Sing, Freetown, where he and journalist, Sorious Samura, work together to produce a play telling the story of Sierra Leone. Further details of the documentary can be found in further links section.
The Freetong Players is a Sierra Leonean Freetown-based performance troupe. Through the performing arts and musical arts, the organisation performs and deliver a range of Krio heritage, history, and cultural education programmes.

The events are conducted in Krio with discussions in Krio and English.

This event is part of the of ɛmti bag nɔ ba tinap project funded by the UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies as part of the Small Grants Scheme.

Organisers: Nenna Orie Chuku and Krio Heritage Foundation


Photo of Mr Charlie Haffner. Photographers: Mr Thomas Sawyerr & Mr Amandus Coker (Freetown, Sierra Leone 2020)