Christopher Okoro Cole

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For other people named Christopher Cole, see Christopher Cole (disambiguation).

Christopher Elnathan Okoro Cole OBE (1921 – after 1990) was a Governor-general and President of Sierra Leone for a few days in 1971.

In the 1965 Birthday Honours, Cole was appointed Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for "public services as Minister without Portfolio".[1]

In a complicated process of constitutional change when the monarchy was abandoned in early 1971, it was provided that Siaka Stevens, then Prime Minister, would become the "second president", while Cole, who had been appointed interim governor-general on 31 March, would serve for two days as "first president". Thereafter he reverted to his earlier post of Chief Justice of Sierra Leone. Justice Christopher Okoro Elnathan Cole was also Sierra Leone's first United Nations Permanent Representative to New York. He was also a member of the Lancaster delegation that signed the independence document from Great Britain.


  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 43670. p. 5517. 4 June 1965. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Banja Tejan-Sie
Governor-General of Sierra Leone
Succeeded by
Himself as President
Political offices
Preceded by
Himself as Governor-General
President of Sierra Leone
Succeeded by
Siaka Stevens