Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh
|Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh|
|Chief Justice of Sierra Leone|
January 26, 2008
|Nominated by||Ernest Bai Koroma|
|Preceded by||Ade Renner Thomas|
16 April 1949 |
Freetown, Sierra Leone
|Residence||Freetown, Sierra Leone|
|Alma mater||Fourah Bay College|
Haja Umu Hawa Tejan Jalloh (born April 16, 1949 ) 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 to replace retired Chief Justice Ade Renner Thomas.
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
Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh was born on April 16, 1949  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.
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.
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