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n. pl. Temne or Tem·nes
1. A member of a people living in Sierra Leone.
2. The Atlantic language of this people.
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(ˈtɛmnɪ; ˈtɪm-)
npl -nes or -ne
1. (Peoples) a member of a Negroid people of N Sierra Leone
2. (Languages) the language of this people, closely related to Bantu
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(ˈtɛm ni)

n., pl. -nes, (esp. collectively) -ne.
1. a member of an African people living mainly in Sierra Leone.
2. the West Atlantic language of the Temne.
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He was widely read, bagging a doctorate in Divinity from Oxford, eventually studying Latin, Greek and Temne. He also married a Muslim schoolmistress, Asano (formerly Hassana, a Muslim).
Cluster 4: Sub-Saharan Africa Anuak, Shilluk; Dholuo; Acoli, Alur, Lango; Efik, Ibibio, Ikom; Temne; Tenda, Biafada, Nalu; Mende, Bandi, Loma; Zande, Nzakara; Shona; Malawi; Khoikhoi; Tonga, Ndebele; Sotho, Tswana; Zulu, Swasi; Xhosa; Tsonga, Soli, Sala, Lenje; Kamba; Kikuyu; Bemba, Kaonde, Lamba; Luba, Bena, Tabwa; Ngonde, Safwa.
The most prominent case of the era dealing with Afro-Lebanese exclusion was linked to the public Afro-Lebanese figure John Joseph Akar, who was born to a Lebanese father and a Sherbro Sierra Leonean mother (Temne, according to the court of appeal file) in Moyamba District in the Southern Province in 1927." A proud Sierra Leonean, Akar distinguished himself by composing the music for the 1961 national anthem.
He informed his audience that citizens can report through the PNB free line 515 on all telephone networks, the website: www.pnb.gov.sl, or on the mobile application in Krio, Mende and Temne.
Their descendants known as the Creoles represented the black aristocracy of the country and tend to dominate its society.5 The sweeping victory in the 1951 elections of the People's Party was largely a reaction against former Creole predominance over the tribal peoples, of whom the Mende and Temne are the most numerous.6
Superbly performed by Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang, Build Music draws upon the rich heritage of Bubu Music, a traditional form of folk music practiced by the Temne people of Sierra Leone.
Abraham also went through the genetic testing herself and discovered through her "reveal"--a public event in which the genetic results are released--that she had a maternal ancestor who is of the Temne people from present-day Sierra Leone.
Interviews and focus groups were conducted either in English by the researchers or in Krio-English translation with the help of research assistants; in a few cases in rural Kambia province, questions were translated into Krio and then into Temne where it was the respondents' only language.
The Susu, however, are a small ethnic minority in Sierra Leone accounting for around 3% (~192,000 people) of the population (Konteh, 1997) and even the northwestern region where they are most concentrated is home to a considerable population of other ethnic groups, particularly the Temne. Therefore any attempt to infer broader regional patterns of land cover change based on findings (however valid) regarding the 'ecological practices' of the Susu is risky at best.
He covers group identifications: African and global categories; Wolof and Wolofisation: statehood, colonial rule, and identification in Senegal; fragmentation and the Temne: from war raids to ethnic civil wars; and ethnic identity as an anti-colonial weapon: Ewe mobilization from the late 19th century to the 1960s.