First Lady of Sierra Leone

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First Lady of the
Sierra Leone
Coat of arms of Sierra Leone.svg
Incumbent
Fatima Maada Bio

since April 4, 2018
StyleLady Bio
ResidenceState Lodge
Inaugural holderRebecca Stevens
Websitefirstlady.gov.sl/

The title First Lady of Sierra Leone is held by the female spouse of the President of Sierra Leone.[1] The First Lady is a representative of the people of Sierra Leone at home and abroad.[1] The Office of the First Lady is an extension of State house and is responsible for social events and ceremonies at State Lodge.[1]

Since 1971, Sierra Leone has had six First Ladies.[1] The first was Rebecca Stevens, wife of former president Siaka Stevens, who remained at her family's private residence at 1 King Harmon Road while her husband lived at State House and Kabasa Lodge.[1] While Stevens accompanied her husband to ceremonies and events, she preferred to keep a low profile.[1]

Her successor Hannah Momoh was a low key figure.[1] During her tenure as First Lady she stayed with her husband at Wilberforce Road.[1] However, when the extent of her husband's infidelities came to light, she left him and moved to London in 1989.[1]

Office of the First Lady of Sierra Leone[edit]

Sierra Leone's third First Lady was one of the country's foremost lawyers Patricia Kabbah. Kabbah had been the chairperson of the committee that restored Sierra Leone to civilian rule and she helped draft the country's constitution in 1995.[1] When her husband won the election, she sought to set up the first Office of the First Lady in the history of Sierra Leone.[1] Her husband 0gave in to pressure from stalwarts in their political party and denied her request.[1] Kabbah died of cancer in 1998.[1]

Shortly after her death, her husband Ahmad Tejan Kabbah married Isata Kabbah who became the 4th First Lady.[1]

In 2007, Sia Koroma, a biochemist and psychiatric nurse, became the 5th First Lady of Sierra Leone. Koroma successful established the Office of the First Lady and completely redefined the role. In addition to her representative role, she worked on three initiatives: WISH to support mothers and children, FLAXIS to provide training and the Danké Koroma Foundation.

The current First Lady of Sierra Leone is Fatima Maada Bio, wife of President Julius Maada Bio who took office on April 4, 2018.[2][1] Bio, an actor and film maker, has continued in the tradition of Sia Koroma and is maintaining the Office of the First Lady.

First Ladies of Sierra Leone (1971–present)[edit]

Number Name Term Begins Term Ends First Lady of Sierra Leone
1st Rebecca Stevens[1] 21 April 1971 28 November 1985 Siaka Stevens
2nd Hannah Momoh[1] 28 November 1985 29 April 1992 Joseph Saidu Momoh
3rd Patricia Kabbah[1] 29 March 1996 1998 Ahmed Tejan Kabbah
4th Isata Jabbie Kabbah[3] 1998 17 September 2007 Ahmed Tejan Kabbah
5th Sia Koroma[1] 17 September 2007 4 April 2018 Ernest Bai Koroma
6th Fatima Maada Bio[2] 4 April 2018 current Julius Maada Bio

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Tumoe, Tatafway (2010-11-03). "Sia Nyama Koroma : Sierra Leone's Special First Lady". cocorioko.net. Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  2. ^ a b Milton, Betty (2018-04-14). "Sierra Leone News: Former and new First Lady meet". awoko.org/. Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  3. ^ "I J Kabbah Hails Female Presidential Candidate". Retrieved 2018-06-17.

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