Etiquette

Social customs

Older individuals are afforded great respect in Sierra Leone. They are seated first, eat first, and are always referred to by title. As a gesture of deference, younger Leoneans do not make eye contact with their elders.

Elders are sought for advice, and are called upon to lead or make key decisions. Inversely, younger people, especially in senior positions, must sometimes make an effort to establish credibility with Leoneans.