Amadu Wurie

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Alhaji Amadu Wurie
Member of the Sierra Leone House of Parliament from Port Loko District
In office
1961–1967
Personal details
Born 1898
Gbinti, Sierra Leone
Died June 13, 1977
Nationality Sierra Leonean
Political party Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP)
Alma mater Fourah Bay College
Profession Educationist
Religion Islam

Amadu Wurie (1898 – 13 June 1977) was an early Sierra Leonean educationist and politician.

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Wurie was born in Gbinti, Port Loko District, in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone, the son of a Fula paramount chief. He was educated at the Bo School in Bo, beginning in 1906.

In 1916, he was in the first class of Sierra Leoneans that passed the British civil service exam and was appointed the assistant headmaster of the Bo school that year. By 1935, Wurie rose to the position of Senior assistant headmaster which allowed him to be the first African to serve even temporarily as the Headmaster. From 1935 to 1955, Wurie served in various locations across the colony primarily as headmaster.

Upon national independence in 1961, Wurie was elected as a MP under the banner of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) as well as Minister of Education, a position he kept until he lost his seat in 1967. He then retired to Mahera in the Port Loko District and later made a Hajj to Mecca. In 1973, Wurie was honoured with a degree from University of Sierra Leone. Wurie died in June 1977 at the age of 79.

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