The Society for the Preservation and Presentation of Krio History was established by Effie Olayinka Johnson, Akindele T.M. Decker and Nigel D.D. Browne-Davies in order to promote the unique culture and historical experience of the Sierra Leone Krio people (also known as the Creoles).
The Sierra Leone Krio are a unique ethnic group who contributed immensely to the development of what would become modern Sierra Leone. In addition to the role of the Krio in contributing to the educational and administrative fields in Sierra Leone, the Krio contributed to the administrative development of the Gold Coast, Nigeria, Gambia, Fernando Po, and Guinea.
Krio History is representative of the African diaspora. It highlight West African educational achievements as well as the contributions of Sierra Leone to Black history on the continent as well as the Americas and Europe.
Akindele Decker is a Sierra Leonean poet and writer based in Maryland, USA. He has conducted independent research on Krio history and family genealogy for over 3 years. He also serves as the Secretary-General for the Sierra Leone Gullah Heritage Association (SLGHA), an organization which focuses on the unique connection between Sierra Leone and the Gullah-Geechee African American community of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
Effie Olayinka Johnson is a young Krio whose passion for Krio history and culture is longstanding. She is the founder and executive director of the Sierra Leone Collective Memory Initiative. Her academic interests of democratization, conflict resolution, and the political and economic development of Sub-Saharan Africa have been driven by her connection to Sierra Leone. Effie worked as a staff assistant in the district office of US Representative Jim Cooper and interned for the Central and West Africa (CEWA) Team at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs where she worked on development programs for Guinea-Bissau and the Sierra Leone election monitoring project. Johnson is a 2008 graduate of Harvard University where she received her AB in Government and a 2011 graduate of New York University where she received her MPA in International Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy.