Pujehun is a rural town and is the commercial and administrative center of Pujehun Distrct. Pujehun lies about 50 miles south of Bo, and about 200 miles -south-east of Freetown. The inhabitant of Pujehun are largely from the Mende ethnic group.
Pujehun was named after the powerful MendewarriorNyagua, who was residing at the nearby village of Panguma. When Nyagua and his men went to battle, they used the site of the present village as their resting place. At that time There was a lot of pepper growing in the town, which the Mende call "puei." At any time they reached that area, they called it Pujehun.