The role of Paramount Chiefs in Sierra Leone

The view of the People


The Paramount Chieftaincy system was introduced

during the colonial era in Sierra Leone, giving

rise to an alternative governance structure to that

of the ‘kings and queens system’, which was in

place prior to colonialism. Before the system of

Paramount Chieftaincy was introduced leadership

was acquired through wisdom, conquest and

the finding of new settlements. As such, those

community leaders were not voted for but were

respected and honoured as kings and queens,

given the right to lead through a social contract