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Sixty year old Samuel Samapima Forster has taken the oath of office as Paramount Chief for the Paramaccan Maroons in Suriname. The official ceremony took place on Saturday February 27th at the Presidential Palace in the capital city of Paramaribo. Suriname’s president Ronald Venetiaan was present , as were Secretary of Regional Development Michel Felisi and District Counselor Raymond Landbrug.
Forster is to hold residency at Langatabiki, from where he will preside over ten villages along the River Marowijne. The Paramaccan people comprise approximately two and a half thousand individuals, the majority of whom live in Suriname, while about five hundred live in French-Guyana.
Samuel Samapima Forster, father of fourteen children, is a nephew of former chief Jan Levie and is also known by his unofficial name of Samuel Johannes Amoida.
Source: De Ware Tijd Online