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Samuel Forster new paramount chief to Paramaccans

Samuel Forster (right) being sworn in by president Ronald Venetiaan (left)

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.

The new chief is congratulated by secretary Michel Felisi of Regional Development. (dWTphoto / Paul San)


Source: De Ware Tijd Online

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4 comments on “Samuel Forster new paramount chief to Paramaccans

  1. Maggie Schmeitz
    February 28, 2010

    dear editor, just out of curiosity, what happened to Samuel Amoida? Not too long ago I thought hew as installed as new granman of the Paramaccaners? thanks for your feedback

    • AK
      February 28, 2010

      Good point, Maggie!
      I’m confused about this myself and am looking to clear this up through my contacts. I will let you know what I find out.
      Greetings,
      AK

    • AK
      February 28, 2010

      Just got word from André Pakosie, Maroon expert and chairman of the Sabanapeti Foundation – http://www.maroons-suriname.com

      He says: “The new chief of the Pamaka has Forster for his family name. Of course he will be called Amoida or Samapina by people who know him by these names as well, but his official name is Forster.”

      I’ve edited the news message accordingly.

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    February 28, 2010

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