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Title:Mende Chieftaincy in Nineteenth Century Jaiama
Author:Ganga, Raymond C.
Periodical:Africana Research Bulletin
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
traditional rulers
Abstract:This article, about the Mende of the Southern Province of Sierra Leone, represents the author's contribution to a continuing debate which originated at an Institute Seminar with regard to the question: Is there a tradition of women chiefs among the Mende? To answer this question the author went to the Jamaima-Bongor Chiefdom, Bo district, where 19th century history suggests women chiefs. Also there seem to have been four sisters, in turn assuming chieftaincy of Juhun, a fortified town near Jaiama, whilst their brother, the fifth in line, does not succeed his sisters but rather becomes 'protector of Juhun and Jaiama' under Makavoreh of Tikonko to whom both places held allegiance. Mr. Ganga however concludes that even if women had been chiefs it was only over units of a size not bigger than that of 'one village'. Notes. See also; Arthur Abraham, Mende Chieftaincy in the Nineteenth Century - A rejoinder, in Africana Res. Bull., 5 (1974-75), 1, p. 75-81.