The Sierra Leone Gullah Kinship Association on Saturday crowned a new chief, Pa Komrabai Dumbuya, at the John F Kennedy Primary School at Cline Town in Freetown.
The crowning ceremony was witnessed by sixteen tribal heads in the Western Area.
Speaking at the ceremony, Limba Tribal Headman, Chief Alhaji Kandeh Seiba Bangura who doubles as chairman of Council of Chief, said “leadership comes from God.” He said the newly crowned chief should uphold the principles of chieftaincy and that his personality would be felt in his community and the country as a whole.
He hoped Chief Komrabai would invest in his locality and work diligently with his subjects.
The Director of Local Government, Aiah Lebbie said the event was a big day in the history in the Gullah Association and Sierra Leone.
Giving a historical background of the Gullahs, he said most of the slaves that were sent to America were from Sierra Leone and most of them are what is known today as the Gullahs.
He said many of the African Americans traced their ancestry from Sierra Leone, adding that the country had contributed immensely towards the development of America.
Mr. Lebbie stated that the newly crowned chief Komrabia would serve as an ambassador between the Gullahs in America and those in Sierra Leone. He admonished the chief to play “a fatherly role” to his subject and pray that God would give him the direction to administer well.
Changing the name of the Chief from Mbompha H Dumbuya to Chief Komrabia Dumbuya, another chief, Mathew Young said he would no longer be called Mbompha Dumbuya but Chief Komrabia. He urged the new chief to uphold and maintain the chieftaincy tradition.
In his maiden speech, Chief Komrabia said he was happy to join the council of chiefs, adding that among many people he was elected to serve his people.
“I promise to live by the expectations of my people and for my country,” he added. “With your support Sierra Leone is on the verge of development.”
Highlighting their formation of the Gullah Kinship Association, he said the association was formed as a result of our people who were sold as slaves and taken to America.
The Chief said the association was formed in 1994 and that until recently, he was its president.
The ceremony was climaxed with traditional songs and dance.
By Abibatu Kamara