Famous People From Sierra Leone

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.
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  • John Karefa-Smart
    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 Sierra ...more
  • Abioseh Nicol
    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 one ...more
  • Siaka Stevens
    Dec. at 82 (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
    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). Tejan-Sie was born ...more
    • 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 Tomorrow, was ...more
  • Lamina Sankoh
    Dec. at 79 (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 helping to ...more