Kadi Sesay

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Kadi Sesay
Deputy chairperson of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP)
In office
2007 – present
Sierra Leone Minister of Trade and Industry
In office
Preceded by Osman Kamara
Succeeded by Alimamy Koroma
Sierra Leone Minister of Development and Economic Planning
In office
Preceded by James Jonah
Succeeded by Mohamed B. Daramy
Personal details
Born (1949-03-04) March 4, 1949 (age 66)
Rotifunk, Moyamba District, Sierra Leone
Nationality Sierra Leonean
Political party Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP)
Relations Isha Sesay (daughter)
Children three children
Residence Freetown, Sierra Leone
Alma mater

Fourah Bay College

Profession Lecturer, University professor
Religion Islam

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[edit]

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.[1][2]

Political career[edit]

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.[1]


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.

Private life[edit]

Dr. Sesay is a widow and the mother of three adult children.[1] She resides in Freetown and has been hailed in the local media as "one of the most beautiful women Sierra Leone ever produced".[3] She is the mother of CNN International news anchor Isha Sesay.