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Famous People From Sierra Leone

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List of famous people from Sierra Leone, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Sierra Leone, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Sierra Leone you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Sierra Leone, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

With people ranging from Kai Londo to Ibrahim Sesay, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Sierra Leone?" or "Which celebrities were born in Sierra Leone?" then this list is a great resource for you.
John Karefa-Smart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Dec. at 95 (1915-2010)

Birthplace: Rotifunk, Moyamba District, Sierra Leone

Dr. John Albert Musselman Karefa-Smart (17 June 1915 – 26 August 2010) was a Sierra Leonean politician, medical doctor and university professor. He served as the first Foreign Minister under ...more
Abioseh Nicol is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Dec. at 70 (1924-1994)

Birthplace: Freetown, Western Area Urban District, Sierra Leone

Davidson Sylvester Hector Willoughby Nicol or Abioseh Nicol (14 September 1924 – 20 September 1994) was a Sierra Leonean academic, diplomat, physician, writer and poet. He has been considered as ...more
Siaka Stevens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Dec. at 83 (1905-1988)

Birthplace: Moyamba, Moyamba District, Sierra Leone

Siaka Probyn Stevens (24 August 1905 – 29 May 1988) was the leader of Sierra Leone from 1967 to 1985, serving as Prime Minister from 1967 to 1971 and as President from 1971 to 1985. Stevens' ...more
Banja Tejan-Sie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Dec. at 83 (1917-2000)

Birthplace: Moyamba, Moyamba District, Sierra Leone

Sir Banja Tejan-Sie, GCMG (7 August 1917 – 8 August 2000) was a politician and lawyer in Sierra Leone and one of the "founding fathers" of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP). ...more
Ishmael Beah is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Age: 38

Birthplace: Mattru Jong, Bonthe District, Sierra Leone

Ishmael Beah (born 23 November 1980) is a Sierra Leonean author and human rights activist who rose to fame with his acclaimed memoir, A Long Way Gone. His most recent novel, Radiance of ...more
Lamina Sankoh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Dec. at 80 (1884-1964)

Birthplace: Freetown, Western Area Urban District, Sierra Leone

Lamina Sankoh (28 June 1884 – 1964), born as Etheldred Nathaniel Jones, was a Sierra Leonean pre-independence politician, educator, banker and cleric. Sankoh is known most prominently for ...more
Patricia Kabbah is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Dec. at 65 (1933-1998)

Birthplace: Gbap, Sierra Leone, Bonthe District, Sierra Leone

Patricia Kabbah (née Tucker; March 17, 1933 – May 8, 1998) was a Sierra Leonean lawyer who served as First Lady of Sierra Leone from 1996-1998. She was the first wife of Sierra Leone's ...more
Abu Aiah Koroma is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Dec. at 77 (1928-2005)

Birthplace: Koidutown-Sefadu, Sierra Leone

Abu Aiah Koroma (26 November 1928 – 6 March 2005) was a lawyer and politician in Sierra Leone. Koroma began his political career as Attorney General in 1967 and 1968. He returned to government ...more
Abdul Koroma is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Age: 75

Birthplace: Freetown, Western Area Urban District, Sierra Leone

Abdul Gadire Koroma (born 29 September 1943 in Freetown, Sierra Leone) is a Sierra Leonean jurist who served two terms as judge at the International Court of Justice (from 1994 to 2012). He was ...more
Sorie Ibrahim Koroma is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Sorie Ibrahim Koroma Dec. at 64 (1930-1994)

Birthplace: Port Loko, Port Loko District, Sierra Leone

Sorie Ibrahim Koroma (March 18, 1930 – April 30, 1994) commonly known as S.I. Koroma is a former Sierra Leonean politician, labor activist, and one of the founding members of the All People's ...more
Charles Margai is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Charles Margai Age: 73

Birthplace: Bonthe, Bonthe District, Sierra Leone

Charles Francis Kondo Margai (born 19 August 1945) is a Sierra Leonean politician and constitutional lawyer who served as Attorney General and Minister of Justice of Sierra Leone in 2018.Margai ...more
Kpana Lewis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Kpana Lewis Dec. at 82 (1830-1912)

Birthplace: Sherbro Island, Sierra Leone

Kpana Lewis (April 19, 1830 – May 10, 1912) was a Sherbro chief from Sierra Leone and an opponent of colonial rule of the British. He exercised strong influence over all Sherbro chiefs. Part of ...more
George Kpundeh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
George Kpundeh Age: 40

Birthplace: Sierra Leone

George Kpundeh is a Sierra Leonean cricket player.
A*M*E is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Age: 24

Birthplace: Freetown, Western Area Urban District, Sierra Leone

Aminata Kabba, better known as A*M*E, is a Sierra Leonean-born British singer-songwriter. A*M*E was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone on 13 December 1994. In 2011, Kabba was scouted and signed by ...more
Aniru Conteh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Aniru Conteh Dec. at 62 (1942-2004)

Birthplace: Eastern Province, Sierra Leone

Aniru Sahib Sahib Conteh (6 August 1942 – 4 April 2004) was a Sierra Leonean physician and expert on the clinical treatment of Lassa fever, a viral hemorrhagic fever endemic to West Africa ...more
Ibrahim Ben Kargbo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Ibrahim Ben Kargbo Age: 74

Birthplace: Makeni, Bombali Shebora, Sierra Leone

Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo (born October 18, 1944), commonly known as I.B. Kargbo, is a Sierra Leonean journalist and politician. He currently the MP of constituency 030(Bombali District) Ernest ...more
Rodney Strasser is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Rodney Strasser Age: 28

Birthplace: Western Area Urban District, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Rodney Strasser (born 30 March 1990) is a Sierra Leonean professional footballer who plays as a midfielder.
Madieu Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Age: 37

Birthplace: Freetown, Western Area Urban District, Sierra Leone

Madieu Mohammed Williams (born October 18, 1981) is a former American football safety who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Maryland and was drafted by ...more
Abdul Rahman Kamara is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Abdul Rahman Kamara Age: 29

Birthplace: Western Area Urban District, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Abdul Rahman Kamara is a Sierra Leonean footballer.
Kai Londo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Kai Londo Dec. at 51 (1845-1896)

Birthplace: Moyamba, Moyamba District, Sierra Leone

Kai Londo (1845–1896) was a Kissi warrior from Sierra Leone who conquered a large territory (now Kailahun District). He built new roads and fortified towns and established a new capital at
Nabih Berri is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Nabih Berri Age: 81

Birthplace: Bo, Bo District, Sierra Leone

Nabih Berri (Arabic: نبيه بري‎; born 28 January 1938) is a Lebanese politician who has been the Speaker of the Parliament of Lebanon since 1992. He heads the Amal Movement.
Adelaide Casely-Hayford ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Adelaide Casely-Hayford Dec. at 92 (1868-1960)

Birthplace: Freetown, Western Area Urban District, Sierra Leone

Adelaide Casely-Hayford, MBE (née Smith; 2 June 1868 – 24 January 1960), was a Sierra Leone Creole advocate, an activist for cultural nationalism, educator, short story writer, and ...more
Oguntola Sapara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Oguntola Sapara Dec. at 74 (1861-1935)

Birthplace: Freetown, Western Area Urban District, Sierra Leone

Oguntola Odunbaku Sapara was a doctor, originally from Sierra Leone, who spent most of his career and life in Nigeria. He was best known for his campaign against secret societies that were ...more
Bobby Newcombe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Bobby Newcombe Age: 39

Birthplace: Sierra Leone

Robert Wundu Sowa "Bobby" Newcombe (born August 8, 1979 in Sierra Leone) is a former American football quarterback that started for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Joseph Saidu Momoh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Joseph Saidu Momoh Dec. at 66 (1937-2003)

Birthplace: Binkolo, Safroko Limba, Sierra Leone

Major General Joseph Saidu Momoh, OOR, OBE (January 26, 1937 – August 3, 2003) served as President of Sierra Leone from November 1985 to April 29, 1992.