Period Piece: The Great Bai Bureh Military Strategist n' Ruler of Sierra Leone! He was born in 1840 in Kasseh, a village near Port Loko in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone, his father sent him to Gbendembu, a training school for warriors where he earned the nickname "Kebalai", meaning "one who never tires of war". When Kebalai returned to his home village, he was crowned ruler of Kasseh. During the 1860s and 1870’s Bureh had become the top warrior of Port Loko and the entire Northern Province. When the british invaded, Bai Bureh refused to recognise the hut tax the British had imposed in 1893 in Sierra Leone. He did not believe the Sierra Leonean people had a duty to pay taxes to foreigners and he commanded all british to return to Britain. In 1896 Bureh declared war on Britain in Sierra Leone. The war later became known as the Hut Tax War of 1898!