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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
John Karefa-Smart Died at 95 (1915-2010) - Dr. John Albert Musselman Karefa-Smart was a Sierra Leonean politician, medical doctor and university professor. He served as the first Foreign Minister under Sierra Leone's first Prime ...more

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Abioseh Nicol is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Abioseh Nicol Died at 70 (1924-1994) - Davidson Sylvester Hector Willoughby Nicol or Abioseh Nicol was a Sierra Leonean academic, diplomat, physician, writer and poet. He has been considered as one of Sierra Leone’s most educated and ...more

Siaka Stevens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Siaka Stevens Died at 83 (1905-1988) - Siaka Probyn Stevens was the third prime minister of Sierra Leone from 1967 to 1971 and the first president of Sierra Leone from 1971 to 1985. Although criticised for his dictatorial rule, ...more

Banja Tejan-Sie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Banja Tejan-Sie Died at 83 (1917-2000) - Sir Banja Tejan-Sie, GCMG was a politician and lawyer in Sierra Leone and one of the "founding fathers" of the Sierra Leone People's Party. Tejan-Sie was born in Moyamba District to a ...more

Ishmael Beah is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Ishmael Beah age 36 - Ishmael Beah is a Sierra Leonean author and human rights activist who rose to fame with his acclaimed memoir, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. His first novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, ...more

Lamina Sankoh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Lamina Sankoh Died at 80 (1884-1964) - Lamina Sankoh, born as Etheldred Jones, was a Sierra Leonean pre-independence politician, educator, banker and cleric. Sankoh is known most prominently for helping to found the People's Party in ...more

Patricia Kabbah is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Patricia Kabbah Died at 65 (1933-1998) - Patricia Kabbah was the wife of Sierra Leone's 3rd President, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah; was First Lady of Sierra Leone from 1996 until her death in 1998. She was an ethnic Sherbro from Bonthe ...more

Abu Aiah Koroma is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Abu Aiah Koroma Died at 77 (1928-2005) - Abu Aiah Koroma was a lawyer and politician in Sierra Leone. Koroma began his political career as Attorney General in 1967 and 1968. He returned to government in 1976 when he became Managing ...more

Abdul Koroma is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Abdul Koroma age 73 - Abdul Gadire Koroma is a Sierra Leonean jurist who served two terms as judge at the International Court of Justice. He was educated at Kiev State University where he took LLM, and at King's ...more

Sorie Ibrahim Koroma is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Sorie Ibrahim Koroma Died at 64 (1930-1994) - Sorie Ibrahim Koroma 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 Congress political party. He served ...more

Charles Margai is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Charles Margai age 71 - Charles Francis Kondo Margai is a Sierra Leonean lawyer and politician. He is the leader of the People's Movement for Democratic Change the third major political party in Sierra Leone, after the ...more

Kpana Lewis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Kpana Lewis Died at 82 (1830-1912) - Kpana Lewis 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 his fame rested in his pervasive ...more

George Kpundeh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
George Kpundeh age 38 - George Kpundeh is a Sierra Leonean cricket player.

A*M*E is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
A*M*E age 21 - 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 Died at 62 (1942-2004) - Aniru Sahib Sahib Conteh was a Sierra Leonean physician and expert on the clinical treatment of Lassa fever, a viral haemorrhagic fever endemic to West Africa caused by the Lassa virus. Conteh ...more

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Ibrahim Ben Kargbo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Ibrahim Ben Kargbo age 71 - Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, commonly known as I.B. Kargbo, is a Sierra Leonean journalist and politician. He is currently the Sierra Leone Government official spokesman and Sierra Leone's ...more

Rodney Strasser is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Rodney Strasser age 27 - Rodney Strasser is a Sierra Leonean professional footballer who plays as midfielder for Italian Serie A club Genoa.

Madieu Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Madieu Williams age 35 - Madieu Mohammed Williams is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Maryland and was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the ...more

Abdul Rahman Kamara is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Abdul Rahman Kamara age 27 - 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 Died at 51 (1845-1896) - Kai Londo was a Kissi warrior from Sierra Leone who conquered a large territory. He built new roads and fortified towns and established a new capital at Kailahun.

Nabih Berri is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Nabih Berri age 79 - Nabih Berri is the Speaker of the Parliament of Lebanon. He heads the Amal Movement.

Adelaide Casely-Hayford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Adelaide Casely-Hayford Died at 92 (1868-1960) - Adelaide Casely-Hayford, née Smith, was a Sierra Leone Creole advocate, an activist for cultural nationalism, educator, short story writer, and feminist. She established a school for ...more

Oguntola Sapara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Oguntola Sapara Died at 74 (1861-1935) - 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 37 - Robert Wundu Sowa "Bobby" Newcombe 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 Died at 66 (1937-2003) - Major General Joseph Saidu Momoh was the President of Sierra Leone from November, 1985 to April 29, 1992.

John Oponjo Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
John Oponjo Benjamin age 64 - John Oponjo Benjamin is a Sierra Leonean economist and politician of Mende descent. He is the current leader of the main opposition Sierra Leone People's Party. He served as Sierra Leone's ...more

Obi Metzger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Obi Metzger age 29 - Sam Obi Metzger, Jr. is a Sierra Leonean footballer who plays as a Attacking Midfielder for Finnish second division side FC Haka.

Africanus Horton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Africanus Horton Died at 48 (1835-1883) - Africanus Horton, also known as James Beale, was a Creole African nationalist writer and an esteemed medical surgeon in the British Army from Freetown, Sierra Leone. Africanus Horton was a ...more

Moustapha Bangura is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Moustapha Bangura age 27 - Mustapha Bangura is a Sierra Leonean International footballer who plays as a forward for Nikos & Sokratis Erimis in the Cypriot Second Division.

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John Amadu Bangura is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
John Amadu Bangura Died at 40 (1930-1970) - Brigadier John Amadu Bangura, CBE was the acting Governor-General of Sierra Leone from 18 April 1968 until 22 April 1968. He led the Sargeants' Coup in 1968 that successfully re-instated ...more

Thomas Leighton Decker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Thomas Leighton Decker Died at 62 (1916-1978) - Thomas Alexander Leighton Decker or Tommy Decker OBE was a Sierra Leonean linguist, poet, and journalist. He is best known for his work on the Krio language and for translating Shakespeare's ...more

John K. Yambasu is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
John K. Yambasu John K. Yambasu is a Bishop of the United Methodist Church, elected in 2008. He was the final U.M. Bishop elected in 2008.

Alpha Kanu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Alpha Kanu Alhaji Alpha Sahid Bakar Kanu is a Sierra Leonean politician and the current Sierra Leone minister of Presidential and Public Affairs. He is also the official spokesman of the All People's ...more

Abdul Kallon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Abdul Kallon age 46 - Abdul Karim Kallon is a United States district judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

Unisa Bangura is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Unisa Bangura age 28 - Unisa Bangura is a Sierra Leonean footballer.

Sidique Mansaray is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Sidique Mansaray age 35 - Sidique Mansaray is a Sierra Leonean footballer, who currently plays as a striker for East End Lions in Sierra Leone National Premier League. He is also a regular member of the Leone Stars, ...more

Samuel Sam-Sumana is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Samuel Sam-Sumana age 53 - Alhaji Samuel Sidique Sam-Sumana is a Sierra Leonean politician who was the Vice President of Sierra Leone from September 17, 2007 to March 17, 2015. Sam-Sumana stood as the vice-presidential ...more

Mustapha Kallon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Mustapha Kallon age 37 - Mustapha Kallon is a Sierra Leonean cricket player.

Alfred Sankoh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Alfred Sankoh age 28 - Alfred Sankoh is a Sierra Leonean footballer currently playing for Azerbaijan Premier League club Khazar Lankaran.

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Alhassan "Al" Bangura age 27 - Alhassan "Al" Bangura is a Sierra Leone footballer who plays as a midfielder for League One side Coventry City. He has played for the Sierra Leone national team and is notable for ...more

Ahmed Deen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Ahmed Deen age 30 - Ahmed Nuru Deen is a Sierra Leonean footballer who plays as a left back. He has played for the Sierra Leone national team. Deen made his senior debut for Sierra Leone on 24 March 2007 against ...more

Alimamy Sesay is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Alimamy Sesay age 28 - Alimamy Sesay nickname Okomi, is a Sierra Leonean international footballer currently playing as a winger for Kallon F.C. in the Sierra Leone National Premier League, the top football league in ...more

Hassan Koeman Sesay is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Hassan Koeman Sesay age 35 - Hassan Koeman Sesay is a Sierra Leonean international footballer who plays for Hà Nội ACB, one of the biggest clubs in the Vietnamese top football league. Sesay also plays for the Sierra ...more

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Faisal Antar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Faisal Antar age 37 - Faisal Antar – is a Lebanese retired footballer, who played as a defender during his entire career for Tadamon Sour, Tripoli SC, Nejmeh and Al-Mabarrah in the Lebanese Premier League. Antar also ...more

John Keister is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
John Keister age 29 - John Keister is a Sierra Leonean footballer. He is an offensive midfielder and plays for PK-37 in the Finnish third tier of football, Kakkonen. Keister was a member of Sierra Leone U-17 squad at ...more

Umaru Rahman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Umaru Rahman age 33 - Umaru Rahman commonly known as Gallon Pan is a Sierra Leonean international footballer, who is a striker and currently plays for East End Lions.

Chris Bart-Williams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Chris Bart-Williams age 41 - Christopher Gerald Bart-Williams is a former footballer. His position was defence or midfield. Although born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Bart-Williams grew up in North London and attended St. ...more

Alusine Kamara is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Alusine Kamara age 27 - Alusine Kamara, nicknamed 'Baggio', is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Syrianska FC in the Swedish Allsvenskan.

Death of Oury Jalloh is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Death of Oury Jalloh Oury Jalloh was a Sierra Leonean asylum seeker who died in a fire in a police cell in Dessau, Germany. The hands and feet of Jalloh, who was alone in the cell, were tied to a mattress. A fire ...more

Olufemi Terry is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Sierra Leone
Olufemi Terry Olufemi Terry is a Sierra Leone-born writer. He won the 2010 Caine Prize for African Writing for his second short story "Stickfighting Days," which was originally published in ...more