Fatima Maada Bio

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Fatima Maada Bio
First Lady of Sierra Leone
Assumed office
7 March 2018
Preceded bySia Koroma
Personal details
BornKoidu Town, Sierra Leone
NationalitySierra Leonean
Political partySierra Leone People's Party (SLPP)
Spouse(s)Julius Maada Bio (2013–present)
ChildrenAmina Maada Bio
ResidenceState House (official) Freetown, Sierra Leone
Alma materRoehampton Institute
London College of Communication
ProfessionActress, screenwriter, film producer
ReligionIslam
Websitehttp://officeofthefirstlady.gov.sl (official website)
https://www.facebook.com/FatimaMaadaBio/ (Official Facebook Page)

Fatima Maada Bio is the current First Lady of Sierra Leone as the wife of Julius Maada Bio, 5th President of Sierra Leone.[1].

Fatima Bio was born and raised in Koidu Town, Kono District in Eastern Sierra Leone. She is an award-winning actress, screenwriter and film producer in United Kingdom based African movies.[2]. Fatima Bio is widely regarded as one of the most highly influential people in her husband Julius Maada Bio presidency.

Fatima Bio is a devote Muslim and a member of the Mandingo ethnic group.

Early Life and education[edit]

Fatima Bio was born in Kono District to Tidankay (née Jabbie) and Umar Jabbe. Her mother is Sierra Leonean and her father is Gambian.[1][2]

She grew up in Kono and attended primary school at the Ansarul Islamic School. She later went to St Joseph Convent Secondary School in Freetown.[1]

She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree in Performing Art from the Roehampton Institute in London.[1] She also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism at the University of the Arts, London College of Communication in 2017.[2]

Career[edit]

Prior to her marriage to Julius Maada Bio, she had a successful career in the entertainment industry under her maiden name Fatime Jabbe.

In 2000, she won the Miss Africa competition.

She began working in the African Film Industry in London. She wrote, acted, and produced Nollywood films including "Battered", "Shameful Deceit", "Expedition Africa", "My Soul".[1][2] She starred in the film "Mirror Boy" and won a "Best Supporting Actress" at the 2011 ZAFAA Awards.[2]

In 2013, she won The Pan-African "Woman of the Year Award" from ‘All African Media’.[2] In 2013, she earned a Best Female Actress at the African Oscars in Washington DC.[2] The same year she won the Gathering of African Best (GAB) Awards for promoting a positive view of Africans around the world.[2]

Marriage and family[edit]

She married Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio at a private ceremony in London on 25 October 2013.[3]

On 27 June 2014, she gave birth to a son, Hamza Maada Bio who died three days after birth.[4]

On 7 September 2015, a year after losing their son, she delivered a healthy daughter, Amina.[5]

Charity[edit]

Bio is a Patron of a number of charities in the UK, including the John Utaka Foundation which helps African children and young people cope with health challenges.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Meet Fatima Jabbe-Bio, New First lady of Sierra Leone". slpptoday.com. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Thomas, Abdul Rashid (8 November 2013). "Sierra Leone's presidential hopeful – Maada Bio weds in London". thesierraleonetelegraph.com. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  3. ^ Koroma, Gibril (12 November 2013). "Alhaji Julius Maada Bio?". Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  4. ^ Ajagunna, Timilehin (9 September 2015). "Gambian actress, Fatimah Jabbe delivers baby girl, a year after losing 3-day-old son". hthenet.ng. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Mr. & Mrs. Maada Bio Name Child". 15 September 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sia Koroma
First Lady of Sierra Leone
1998–2007
Succeeded by
current