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Famous People From Sierra Leone

Updated November 22, 2019 14.3k views252 items

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)

    BirthplaceRotifunk, Moyamba District, Sierra Leone

    Dr. John Albert Musselman Karefa-Smart (17 June 1915 – 26 August 2010) was a Sierra Leonean...  more
  • Abioseh Nicol

    Dec. at 70 (1924-1994)

    BirthplaceFreetown, Western Area Urban District, Sierra Leone

    Davidson Sylvester Hector Willoughby Nicol or Abioseh Nicol (14 September 1924 – 20 September...  more
  • Siaka Stevens

    Siaka Stevens

    Dec. at 83 (1905-1988)

    BirthplaceMoyamba, Moyamba District, Sierra Leone

    Siaka Probyn Stevens (24 August 1905 – 29 May 1988) was the leader of Sierra Leone from 1967...  more
  • Banja Tejan-Sie

    Dec. at 83 (1917-2000)

    BirthplaceMoyamba, Moyamba District, Sierra Leone

    Sir Banja Tejan-Sie, GCMG (7 August 1917 – 8 August 2000) was a politician and lawyer in...  more
  • Ishmael Beah

    BirthplaceMattru Jong, Bonthe District, Sierra Leone

    Ishmael Beah (born 23 November 1980) is a Sierra Leonean author and human rights activist who...  more
  • Lamina Sankoh

    Dec. at 80 (1884-1964)

    BirthplaceFreetown, Western Area Urban District, Sierra Leone

    Lamina Sankoh (28 June 1884 – 1964), born as Etheldred Nathaniel Jones, was a Sierra Leonean...  more
  • Patricia Kabbah

    Dec. at 65 (1933-1998)

    BirthplaceGbap, Sierra Leone, Bonthe District, Sierra Leone

    Patricia Kabbah (née Tucker; March 17, 1933 – May 8, 1998) was a Sierra Leonean lawyer who...  more
  • Abu Aiah Koroma

    Dec. at 77 (1928-2005)

    BirthplaceKoidutown-Sefadu, Sierra Leone

    Abu Aiah Koroma (26 November 1928 – 6 March 2005) was a lawyer and politician in Sierra Leone....  more
  • BirthplaceFreetown, Western Area Urban District, Sierra Leone

    Abdul Gadire Koroma (born 29 September 1943 in Freetown, Sierra Leone) is a Sierra Leonean...  more
  • Sorie Ibrahim Koroma

    Dec. at 64 (1930-1994)

    BirthplacePort Loko, Port Loko District, Sierra Leone

    Sorie Ibrahim Koroma (March 18, 1930 – April 30, 1994) commonly known as S.I. Koroma is a...  more
  • Charles Margai

    Age: 75

    BirthplaceBonthe, Bonthe District, Sierra Leone

    Charles Francis Kondo Margai (born 19 August 1945) is a Sierra Leonean politician and...  more
  • Kpana Lewis

    Dec. at 82 (1830-1912)

    BirthplaceSherbro Island, Sierra Leone

    Kpana Lewis (April 19, 1830 – May 10, 1912) was a Sherbro chief from Sierra Leone and an...  more
  • George Kpundeh

    Age: 42

    BirthplaceSierra Leone

    George Kpundeh is a Sierra Leonean cricket player....
  • A*M*E

    Age: 25

    BirthplaceFreetown, Western Area Urban District, Sierra Leone

    Aminata Kabba, better known as A*M*E, is a Sierra Leonean-born British singer-songwriter....  more
  • Aniru Conteh

    Aniru Conteh

    Dec. at 62 (1942-2004)

    BirthplaceEastern Province, Sierra Leone

    Aniru Sahib Sahib Conteh (6 August 1942 – 4 April 2004) was a Sierra Leonean physician and...  more
  • Ibrahim Ben Kargbo

    Age: 75

    BirthplaceMakeni, Bombali Shebora, Sierra Leone

    Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo (born October 18, 1944), commonly known as I.B. Kargbo, is a Sierra...  more
  • Rodney Strasser

    Rodney Strasser

    Age: 30

    BirthplaceWestern Area Urban District, Freetown, Sierra Leone

    Rodney Strasser (born 30 March 1990) is a Sierra Leonean professional footballer who plays as...  more
  • BirthplaceFreetown, Western Area Urban District, Sierra Leone

    Madieu Mohammed Williams (born October 18, 1981) is a former American football safety who...  more
  • Abdul Rahman Kamara

    Abdul Rahman Kamara

    Age: 30

    BirthplaceFreetown, Western Area Urban District, Sierra Leone

    Abdul Rahman Kamara is a Sierra Leonean footballer....  more
  • Kai Londo

    Dec. at 51 (1845-1896)

    BirthplaceMoyamba, Moyamba District, Sierra Leone

    Kai Londo (1845–1896) was a Kissi warrior from Sierra Leone who conquered a large territory...  more
  • Nabih Berri

    Age: 82

    BirthplaceBo, Bo District, Sierra Leone

    Nabih Berri (Arabic: نبيه بري‎; born 28 January 1938) is a Lebanese politician who has been...  more
  • Adelaide Casely-Hayford

    Dec. at 92 (1868-1960)

    BirthplaceFreetown, Western Area Urban District, Sierra Leone

    Adelaide Casely-Hayford, MBE (née Smith; 2 June 1868 – 24 January 1960), was a Sierra Leone...  more
  • Oguntola Sapara

    Dec. at 74 (1861-1935)

    BirthplaceFreetown, Western Area Urban District, Sierra Leone

    Oguntola Odunbaku Sapara was a doctor, originally from Sierra Leone, who spent most of his...  more
  • Bobby Newcombe

    Age: 41

    BirthplaceSierra Leone

    Robert Wundu Sowa "Bobby" Newcombe (born August 8, 1979 in Sierra Leone) is a former American...  more
  • Joseph Saidu Momoh

    Dec. at 66 (1937-2003)

    BirthplaceBinkolo, Safroko Limba, Sierra Leone

    Major General Joseph Saidu Momoh, OOR, OBE (January 26, 1937 – August 3, 2003) served as...  more