Bernadette Lahai

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Bernadette Lahai
Minority Leader of Parliament of Sierra Leone
In office
December 7, 2012 – present
Preceded by Emmanuel Tommy
Member of Parliament of Sierra Leone from Kenema District
In office
October 2007 – present
Personal details
Born (1960-12-30) December 30, 1960 (age 56)
Yomboma, Kenema District, Sierra Leone
Nationality Sierra Leonean
Political party Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP)
Residence

Freetown, Sierra Leone

Kenema, Sierra Leone
Alma mater

Fourah Bay College

Profession Agriculturist
Religion Christianity

Bernadette Lahai (born December 30, 1960)[1] is a Sierra Leonean politician and the current Minority Leader of Parliament of Sierra Leone.[2] She is the leader of the main opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) in the Sierra Leone House of Parliament. She currently represent Constituency 13 from Kenema District in the Sierra Leone House of Parliament.

In the 2002 general elections, Madam Lahai was elected to the Sierra Leone House of Parliament. She was re-election easily in the 2007 Parliamentary elections. She won another easy re-election in the 2012 Parliamentary elections, with 69.15%.[3]

Lahai has a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Sociology from Fourah Bay College, and a Master's Degree in Agricultural extension and Rural development from Njala University, both in Sierra Leone. Lahai also has a PhD in Agricultural extension and Rural development from the University of Reading in Berkshire, England.

Lahai is a native of Kenema District in Eastern Sierra Leone, and a member of the Mende ethnic group.

Early life and education[edit]

Lahai was born on December 30, 1960 in the village of Yomboma in Lower Bambara Chiefdom, Kenema District in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone to Mende parents. Lahai started her schooling at the Independent Primary School in Tongo, Kenema District. She then proceeded to the Holy Rosary Secondary School in Pujehun, Pujehun District. After a successful 'O' Levels, she went for her advanced sixth form certificate at the Christ the King College in Bo.

In her mid twenties, Lahai gained admission into the Fourah Bay College in Freetown where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Sociology. She was later re-admitted to Fourah College to pursue her Postgraduate diploma in Education to become a professional teacher. In her quest for knowledge, she proceeded to Njala University in Bo for a Master's Degree in Agricultural extension and Rural development. For her exemplary academic performance, it pleased the University authorities to appoint her as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Agricultural Research of the college in which capacity she diligently served for few years.

Thereafter, Lahai secured a four-year scholarship to the University of Reading in Berkshire, England to embark on a PhD program in Agricultural extension and Rural development. She returned home in 1998 to help in the development of Sierra Leone. This took the dynamic academia back to the Institute of Agricultural Research as a full-time lecturer. . with the Sierra Leone Vision 2025 Project.

Political career[edit]

In 2002, Lahai ran for one of Kenema District's seats in parliament as a member of the then ruling Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP). She was elected, gaining over 60% of the vote in Kenema District. She again won re-election in the 2007 general elections.

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