Madam Suakoko (Nye Suah Koko) was a female chief of the Kpelle people during the period of annexation by the Liberian state (1900–1920). She faced a difficult choice between collaborating with the central government based in the capital city of Monrovia, which would lead to the effective loss of Kpelle independence, or risking annihilation at the hands of rival Kpelle warriors. This article attempts to reconstruct an overview of her life, times, and accomplishments using newly gathered oral history data from her home region in Liberia combined with fragments from the disparate sources within the written record.


Madame Suakoko (Nye Suah Koko) était chef du peuple Kpelle pendant la période d'annexion par le gouvernement libérien (1900–1920). Elle fit face à un choix difficile: collaborer avec le gouvernement central installé à Monrovia, la capitale, ce qui mènerait sans doute à la perte d'indépendance des Kpelle, ou bien risquer l'anéantissement aux mains de guerriers Kpelle rivaux. Cet article tente de reconstruire une vue d'ensemble de sa vie, de son époque, et de ses accomplissements en utilisant un nouvel ensemble de données historiques orales provenant de sa région natale au Libéria, et des fragments de sources écrites diverses.


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