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Sierra Leone Traditional States

States Aku - Alikali - Biriwa - Dembelia-Musaha - Imperi (Imperii) - Kafu Bulom (Kaffu Bullom) - KaiyambaKo-Fransa - Kpaa Mende - Kpaka (Gallinas) - Morea (Melakori) - Nieni - Nongowa - Panguma - Safroko - Sherbro - Susu - Temne (Koya-Temne) - Tonko Limba - Wonkafong - Yoni - Caulker chieftancies  Banana (Plantain) Islands - Bompey (Bumpe) - Shenge (Kagboro)  -

Aku

c.1826                     Aku kingdom
1880                       Incorporated into Sierra Leone.

Leaders
c.1826 - 1840              Thomas Will                        (d. 1840)
1840 -  5 Dec 1867         John Macaulay (Atapa)              (b. c.1800 - d. 1867)
 5 Dec 1867 - 1880         Isaac Benjamin Pratt               (b. c.1805 - d. 1880)



Alikali

1898                       Abolished by British colonial authorities.

Rulers (Alikali)
1817 - 1825                Moriba Kindo Banguro               (d. 1825)
1825 - 1826                Kunia Banna (= Jack Coby) 
1826 - 1840                Fatima Brima Kama
1840 - ....                Moribu Kindu
1859 - 1872                Bai Kanta (Alexander)              (d. 1872)
1872 - 1890                Vacant
1890 - 1895                Bai Kompa Bokari Bombali 
                            (William Rowe)
Rulers (Fula Mansa)
1895 - 1898                Fula Mansa Gbanka                  (b. c.1840 - d. 1898)


Biriwa

Paramount Chiefs (formerly Gbako later Alimani)
.... - ....                Sankaran [1st ruler]
.... - ....                Woseya 
.... - 1866                Sankelay
1866 - 1906                Suluku 
1906 - 1907                Ali -Regent  
1907 - 1914                K
alawa I    
1914 - 1926                Pompoli I
1926 - 1929                Seku I (1st time)
                  (d. 1952)
1929 - 1952                Kalawa II
1952                       Seku I Sheriff I (2nd time)        (s.a.)
1952 - 1956                Saspo K
alawa III
1956 - 1958                .... -Regent
1958 - 1962                Bonko Pompoli II
1963 - 2006/07             Sorie Seku II                      (d. 2006/07)
2007 - 2009                Idriss Alpha Madseray S
heriff II 
                             (suspended from 2008)
2008 -                     Murray Brima -Regent               (b. 1950)



Caulker Chieftancies


Note: In the mid-18th century, two Englishmen, James Cleveland and Skinner Caulker settled in what is now Sierra Leone, intermarried with locals, and established themselves rulers of several coastal districts. In an early feud between the two families, the Clevelands were eliminated, but the Caulkers prospered and founded dynasties which had great impact on Sierra Leone history throughout the 19th Century. Though the kingdoms they set up have not endured, the Caulker family is still very numerous and influential in the nation.


Banana (Plantain) Islands

c.1723                     Banana (Plantain) Islands settlement (a small island off
                             the southern shores of the Freetown Peninsula)
.
21 Jul 1820                Incorporated into Sierra Leone colony, Caulker 
                             dynasty moves to Bumpe.

Chiefs
1723 - 17..                Thomas Corker
c.1770 - 24 Mar 1791       James Cleveland (Clevland)         (b. 1754? - d. 1791)

1780 - 1785                Thomas Corker (Caulker)            (d. 1785)
                             (in opposition)
1785 - 1795                William Corker (Caulker)           (d. 1795)
                             (in opposition)
1791 - 1797                William 
Cleveland                  (d. 1797)
1796 - 1810                Stephen Caulker (Corker)           (d. 1810)

                             (in opposition from 1791)  
1810 - 1820                Thomas Stephen Caulker             (d. 1832)


Bompey (Bumpe)

1820                       Bompey (Bompeh) chiefdom under Caulker dynasty in south-central
                             Sierra Leone, concentrated in the northwestern portion of
                             Southern Province.

19 Dec 1881                Incorporated into Sierra Leone.

Paramount Chiefs
1820 - 1832                Thomas Stephen Caulker             (s.a.)
1832 - 1842                Charles (Ba Charley) Caulker       (d. 1842)
1842 - 1857                Canray Bah (Canreba) Caulker       (d. 1857)
1857 - 1864                Thomas Theophilus Caulker          (d. 1864)
                            (Tham Bum)
1864 - 1888                Richard Canreba Caulker (1st time) (d. 1901)
1888 - 1895                Vacant
1895 - 1898
                Richard Canreba Caulker (2nd time) (s.a.)
1899 - 1902                James Canreba Caulker              (d. 1902)
1902 - 1907                John C
anreba Caulker
1907 - 1921                Thomas C
anreba Caulker
1921 - 1954                Albert Gbosowah Caulker
1954 - 1983                William I. Caulker                 (d. 1983)
1984 -                     Charles B. Caulker  


Shenge (later Kagboro) 

1810                       George Stephen Caulker given old Kagboro chiefdom by his father,
                             Stephen Caulker of Plantin (S
henge chiefdom).
21 Jul 1820                Banana (Plantain) Islands ceded to British, again 20 Oct 1820.
 1 Jun 1859                Sherbo country, Ribbi, Bompeh annexed by British.
 9 Nov 1859                Bagroo, Turtle Islands, Bendu, and Chah annexed by British.
19 Dec 1881                Incorporated into Sierra Leone.
Dec 1908                   Kagboro chiefdom

Paramount Chiefs
1810 - 1831                George Stephen Caulker I           (d. 1831)
                             (Ba Charch) 
1831 - 1842                Thomas Stephen Caulker -Regent     (d. 1871)
1842 - 1849                Thomas George Kugba Caulker I
1849 - 15 Aug 1871         Thomas Stephen Caulker             (s.a.)

15 Aug 1871 - 1881         George Stephen Caulker II          (d. 1881)

1881 - 1888                Thomas Kugba Caulker II
1888 - 1898                Thomas Neale-Caulker               (d. 1898)
1898 - 1909                Sophia Neale-Caluker (f)           (d. af.1915)
 8 Feb 1909 - 1911         Sei Lebbi
1911 - 1917                chaos
1917 (6 months)            Gbana Bome
1917 - 1919                Kwe Boka
1919 - 1933                Samuel Africanus Caulker           (d. 1933) 
1933 - 1954                Alphonso Theophilus Caulker        (d. 1954)
1955 - 1960                Gbono Dick                         (d. 1960)
 8 May 1961 - 1999         Honoria Bailor-C
aulker (f)         (b. 1922 - d. 1999)
                             (in exile from 1990)
1999 - 2002                .... -Regent
2002 -  4 Apr 2009         Sigismund "Old man" C
aulker
 4 Apr 2009 -  7 Apr 2010  Mohammed Joe Moriba
-Regent
 
7 Apr 2010 -              Doris Lenga-Kroma Caulker (f)
                             (Gbabiyor II)


Dembelia-Musaia
 

Rulers
18.. - 1881                Ba Hammadi (1st time)              (d. 1888)
1881 - 1884                Dusu Sori (1st time)               (d. c.1940)
1884 - 1888                Ba Hamadi (2nd time)               (s.a.)
1888 - ....                Dusu Sori (2nd time)               (s.a.)



Imperi (Imperii)

Paramount Chiefs
18.. - 1890                Gbanna Bunjay 
1890 - 1898                ....
1898 - 1927                Daniel Flikinger Wilberforce       (b. 1856 - d. 1927)
1927 - 1963                ....
1963 - 2001                Boi Sei Kenja III (f)
2001 -                     Hawa Kpanabon Sokan IV (f)



Kafu Bulom (Kaffu Bullom) 

Kings
c.1758 - c.1792            Rey Sama
c.1792 - c.1813            Pa Sama
1814? - May 1826           George I                           (d. 1826)
1826 - 1867                George II (John Macaulay Wilson)   (d. 1867)
1867 - ....                ....
Paramount Chiefs
bf.2000 - 2006             Bai Sherbro Komkanda II            (b. 19.. - d. 2006)
2006 - 2009                
Bai Sherbro Sheba Gbereh III
2010 -                     Pa Almamy Kargbo Kapen



Kaiyamba


1884                       Kaiyamba, a Mende chiefdom, founded.

Paramount Chiefs

1884 - 1906                Yoko Gullama (f)                   (b. 1861 - d. 1906)  
1906 - 1917                Lamboi Gulama                      (b. c.1862 - d. 1917)
1917 - 1926                Momoh Gulama                       (d. 1926)
1926 - 1953                Julius Momoh Gulama                (d. 1956)
1953 - 10 Sep 2006         Ella Koblo Bulama (f)             
(b. 1921 - d. 2006)
2006 - 2010                ....
2010 -                     Foday Momoh Gulama



Kpaa Mende 

1919                       Disintegration of state.

Rulers
18.. - 185.                Gbenyei
185. - 1878                Gbanya Lango                       (d. 1878)
1878 - Aug 1906            Yoko (f)                           (b. 1861 - d. 1906)
1906 - 26 Dec 1917         Lamboi                             (b. c.1862 - d. 1917)
1908 - 1919                Kpungbu Kangaju -Regent



Kpaka (Gallinas)

Rulers
18.. 184.                  Siaka
184. - 1872                Manna Siaka
1872 - ....                Jaya
1913 - 1916                John Mannah-Kpaka (1st time)       (b. c.1865 - d. 1945)
1917 - 1932                Momo Rogers
1932 - 1945                John Mannah-Kpaka (2nd time)       (s.a.)
1945 - 19..                Momo Tibo Rogers



Morea (Melakori)

1885                       State extinguished.

Rulers (title Almaami)
c.1825                     Amara
c.1842                     Mora Alifa
18.. - 1865                Fodi Wise                          (d. 1865)
1865 - 1866                Maligi
1866 - 1885                Kande Bakari



Nieni

Paramount Chiefs
c.1822 - c.1850            Yelimusu Kali Koroma I
1850 - 1870's              Y
irimusukali
1870's - 1921              Bamba Fara                         (b. 183. - d. 1921)
1921 - ....                ....
2003 - Jun 2006            Balla Kali K
oroma  II
2006 -                     ....



Nongowa

Paramount Chiefs
1820 - 18..                Gombulango [1st ruler]
18.. - 18..                Kognabi V
angahun I
18.. - 18..                Kenei Kaateh
18.. - 1880                Faba Kpovowa
1880 - 1898                Nyagua                             (d. 1906)

1898 - 1908                Matolo (f)
1906 - 1908                Hamonya (f) -Regent
1908 - 1919                Hamonya (f)
1919 - 19...               Boakeri Kekuria
19.. - 1942                Momh Vangahun II
17 Feb 1942 -  3 Jan 1956  Alfa Lalugba Kalei-Samba           (b. 1902 - d. 1956)
1956 - ....
               Vangahun III
bf.2004 -                  Amara Bonya Vangahun IV



Panguma

Rulers
18.. - 1889                Faba Kpovowa                       (d. 1899)
1889 - 1898                Nyagua                             (b. 18.. - d. 1906)



Safroko 

Rulers (title Almaami)
1907 - 1916                Umaru 
1916 - 14 Sep 1946         Dura I                             (d. 1946)
1947 - 19..                Dura II


Sherbro

1889                       Sherbro Kingdom ceased to exist.

Kings (title Bai Sherbro)
1825 - 18..                Bai Kong Kuba Lewis
18.. - 1879                Lewis
1879 - 1898                Kpanda Lewis                       (b. 1830 - d. 1912)



Susu

Rulers
1806 - 1817                Alimami Brima Konkori Sankoh       (d. 1817)
c.1840                     Bamba Mina Lahai (in Maligia)
c.1854/73                  Sattan Lahai (in Rowula)
18.. - 1885                Sori Gbay (in Samaya)
1885 - 1892                Karimu



Temne (Koya-Temne)

c.1505                     Temne (Koya-Temne) kingdom.
31 Aug 1896                British protectorate.

Rulers (style Bais)
1680 - 1720                Naimbanna I (in Port Lokko)
1720 - 11 Nov 1793         Naimbanna  II (at Robanna)         (d. 1793)
1793 - 1807                Farima IV (Farama)
1807 - 1817                Bai Foki
1817 - 1825                Moriba Kindo Bangura, Alikali      (d. 1825)
1825 - 1826                Kunia Banna, Alikali (Jack Coby)
1826 - 1840                Fatima Brima Kama, Alikali -Queen
1840 - 1859                Moribu Kindo
1859 - 1872                Bai Kanta (Alexander, Conteh)
1872 - 1890                Vacant
1872 - 18..                Alimani Lahai Bundu -Regent
1890 - 1898                Bai Kompa Bakari Bombolai 
                             (William Rowe) (in Koya)
1887 - 1898                Bai Burech (Kabalai)(1st time)     (d. 1908)
                             (in Kasseh) 
1898                       Fula Mansa Gbanka
1905 - 1908                Bai Burech (Kabalai)(2nd time)     (s.a.)
                             (in Kasseh)


Ko-Fransa

17..                       Subchiefdom of Temne (Ko-Fransa).
18..                       Incorporated into Bumpe.

Chiefs
17.. - 1788                Tom I                              (d. 1788)
1788 - May 1796            Jimmy                              (d. 1796)
1796 - 1807                Tom II (Pa Kokelly)
1793 - 1807                Farima IV
1807 - 1817                Bai Foki
1817 - 1859                Vacant



Tonko Limba

Rulers
c.1836                     Bombo Lahai
af.1838 - 188.             Bilali (Mori Lamina)
188. - 1884                Keleha Horo
1884 - 1911                Bombo Lahai Konko Gbanku           (d. 1911)
1911 - 1922               ....
1922 - 1931                Bombo Lahai Yusuf                  (d. 1940)
1921 - 1952                Brima
1952 - 17 Aug 1975         Bombo Lahai Brima                  (d. 1975)



Wonkafong

Rulers
c.1794                     Fenda Modu 
c.1800 - 1841              Dala Modu                          (d. 1841)
1841 - Oct 1847            Amara Fenda Modu                   (d. 1847)
1847 - 1860                Stephen Kala Modu
1860 - 18..                Fenda Sahessi Modu



Yoni

Paramount Chiefs
.... - ....                ....



 


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