Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh

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Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh
Chief Justice of Sierra Leone
Assumed office
January 26, 2008
Nominated by Ernest Bai Koroma
Preceded by Ade Renner Thomas
Personal details
Born (1949-04-16) 16 April 1949 (age 65)
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Nationality Sierra Leonean
Political party Non
Residence Freetown, Sierra Leone
Alma mater Fourah Bay College
Profession Lawyer
Religion Islam

Haja Umu Hawa Tejan Jalloh (born April 16, 1949 [1]) is the current Chief Justice of Sierra Leone. She was sworn in as Sierra Leone's new Chief Justice on January 26, 2008 after being appointed by Sierra Leone president Ernest Bai Koroma, with the approval of the Sierra Leone Parliament[2] to replace retired Chief Justice Ade Renner Thomas.

She is currently one of five justices in the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone. Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh is the first woman to hold the Chief Justice position in Sierra Leone's history.

Born and raised in the capital Freetown, Jalloh holds a Bachelor of Laws from Fourah Bay College, and a Master of Laws from Columbia University in New York. She is a member of the Fula ethnic group; and the older sister of Sierra Leonean diplomat Sulaiman Tejan-Jalloh.

Eerly life and education[edit]

Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh was born on April 16, 1949 [3] in the Sierra Leonean capital Freetown to Muslim parents from the Fula ethnic group, originally from Koinadugu District in the north of the Sierra Leone. Like her parents, Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh is also a Muslim. She is the older sister of Sierra Leonean diplomat Sulaiman Tejan-Jalloh.

Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh grew up in Freetown. She attendend the Harford Secondary School for Girls in Moyamba, Moyamba District and the St. Edward's Secondary School in Freetown.

After her secondary education, she attended Sierra Leone's Fourah Bay College and Njala University and got a Bachelor of Laws degree. In 1974, She got a scholarship to study at the prestigious Columbia University in New York, where she did her Master of Laws. She later continued her legal education at the University of London.