|Deputy chairperson of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP)|
2007 – present
|Sierra Leone Minister of Trade and Industry|
|Preceded by||Osman Kamara|
|Succeeded by||Alimamy Koroma|
|Sierra Leone Minister of Development and Economic Planning|
|Preceded by||James Jonah|
|Succeeded by||Mohamed B. Daramy|
March 4, 1949 |
Rotifunk, Moyamba District, Sierra Leone
|Political party||Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP)|
|Relations||Isha Sesay (daughter)|
|Residence||Freetown, Sierra Leone|
|Profession||Lecturer, University professor|
Kadi Sesay (born March 4, 1949) is a Sierra Leonean politician, feminist, pro-democracy advocate and the Vice Presidential Candididate of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP). She served as Sierra Leone Minister of Trade and Industry from 2002 to 2007. She is the founder and Managing Director of Leone Consulting & Advisory Services – for Trade, Investment and Development. She is the mother of CNN International news anchor Isha Sesay
Early Life and academic career
Kadi Sesay was born on March 4, 1949 in Rotifunk, Moyamba District, in Southern Sierra Leone to parents from the Temne ethnic group from rural chieftaincy town of Rhombe, Lokomasama Chiefdom, Port Loko District in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone. She received her primary education from the EUB Primary School in Rotifunk, moyamba District and she completed her secondary education at the Magburuka Secondary School for Girls in Magburaka, Tonkolili District.
Kadi Sesay graduated from Fourah Bay College in Freetown in 1973 with a BA (Hons) degree in English Language and Literature. In 1974, she earned an MA degree in African literature at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom and took her PhD degree in Applied Linguistics at the University of London.
Dr. Sesay was a lecturer at Fourah Bay College for 20 years and became Head of the English Department. She spent 6 years chairperson for the National Commission for Democracy and Human Rights (NCDHR). She is the first woman in Sierra Leonean history to head a national commission. She left this post to serve as Minister of Development and Economic Planning which she did for 3 years. She is the Presidential running mate to Rtd. Brigadier Gen. Julius Madda Bio for the 2012 General Elections.
Dr. Sesay has championed local campaigns for more women to participate in politics. She is currently the running mate of the opposition party for the 2012 General Elections.
Dr. Sesay is a widow and the mother of three adult children. She resides in Freetown and has been hailed in the local media as "one of the most beautiful women Sierra Leone ever produced". She is the mother of CNN International news anchor Isha Sesay.