Order of the Rokel

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Order of the Republic
Awarded by The President of Sierra Leone
Country Sierra Leone
TypeOrder
Awarded forFor dedicated and meritorious service to the Republic of Sierra Leone.
Statistics
Established1972
Precedence
Next (lower)Order of the Republic
Presidential Award
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The Order of the Rokel is Sierra Leone's highest and most prestigious decoration and may be awarded to recognize Sierra Leoneans who have distinguished themselves by making valuable contributions to the country in the areas of to the public service, arts and sciences, and philanthropy.[1] The award is normally awarded by the President of Sierra Leone.[1][2]

Sierra Leonean awards, including the Order of the Rokel, do not have post-nominal titles, and while there are no official abbreviation, the most common abbreviations are GCOR (Grand Commander), CRSL (Commander), GOOR (Grand Officer), OOR (Officer) and MOR (Member).

History[edit]

The Order was founded in 1972 by President Siaka Stevens who created the order with the aim of honoring Sierra Leoneans for distinguished service to the country.

It is named after the Rokel River, the largest river in Sierra Leone.[3]

Classes[edit]

The order is composed of the following classes of merit:[4]

  • Grand Commander (GCOR)
  • Commander (CRSL)
  • Grand Officer (GOOR)
  • Officer (OOR)
  • Member (MOR)

Notable recipients[edit]

James Blyden Jenkins-Johnston after being decorated as a Grand Commander of the Order of the Rokel by President Ernest Bai Koroma in 2012.

Members[edit]

  • Alhaji Borbor Bah, MOR, 2013[5]
  • Alhaji Mohamed Malaisa Turay, MOR, 2014 - (Posthumously) Advancement of Islam.[6]
  • Alhaji Unis Yonka Sesay, MOR, 2014 - Advancement of Islam.[6]
  • Amadu Bangura, MOR, 2013[5]
  • Bai Sebora Kasanga II, MOR, 2013 - Paramount Chief [5]
  • Charles Mambu, MOR, 2013[5]
  • Crispin Feio Edwards, MOR, 2014 - Law profession.[6]
  • Denis Frank Kofi, MOR, 2018 - for services to the state.[7]
  • Donald Osman, MOR, 2013[5]
  • Dustana Remilcku Thompson, MOR, 2014 - Hotel Management.[6]
  • Fatou Yayah Kargbo, MOR, 2013[8][5]
  • Hawa Turay-Sesay, MOR, 2013[5]
  • James R. McCarthy, MOC
  • Dr. Jeremiah Sinnah-Yovonie Kangova II, MOR, 2013 - (Posthumously) Paramount Chief Rev. [5]
  • John Admire Thomas, MOR, 2014 - Accountancy.[6]
  • Joseph Mamboh, MOR, 2018 - for services to the state.[7]
  • Major Sahr David Thomas, MOR, 2018 - for services as the Chief Instructor at the Peace Mission Training Centre.[7]
  • Miriam Mason-Sesay, MOR, 2013[8][5]
  • Mohamed Kallon, MOR, 2013 - Inter Milan footballer.[9][8]
  • Odette Awada, MOR, 2013[5]
  • Mohamed Sama Kailondo Banya, 2013, MOR - Paramount Chief.[8][5]
  • Patrick Daniel Koroma, MOR, 2008[10]
  • Peter Christian Andersen, MOR, 2014 - Communication.[6]
  • Prince Tungie W. Lightfood Taylor, MOR, 2014 - Economy.[6]
  • Reginald Woodruff Olujimi Beresford During, MOR, 2013[5]
  • Reverend Debora Y. Freeman, MOR, 2014 - Contributions to the state.[6]
  • Reverend Kathleen Gloria Adesimi Betts Cole, MOR, 2014 - Philanthropy.[6]
  • Reverend Michael Sumaila Samura, MOR, 2013[5]
  • Reverend Thomas Johnnard Barnett, MOR, 2014 - Evangelism.[6]
  • Sylvanus Eugene Chukwema Ronnie-Decker, MOR, 2013[5]
  • Tamba Songu Mbriwa, MOR, 2014 - (Posthumously) Paramount Chief. Local Government Administration.[6]
  • Theresa Fatu Kamara, MOR, 2014 - Department of Prisons.[6]
  • Thomas Conteh, MOR, 2013[5]
  • Thomas Tamba Kamara, MOR, 2014 - Police Force.[6]
  • Umaru Bangura, MOR, 2017 - Captain of the Leone Stars, Sierra Leone's national football team.[11]
  • Victor Lansana Koroma, MOR, 2013[5]
  • Yayah Kamara, MOR, 2014 - Department of Prisons.[6]

Officers[edit]

  • Akiwande Josiah William Lasite, OOR, 2014 - Education.[6]
  • Bai Kurr Kanagbaro Sanka, OOR, 2018 - Paramount Chief, for services to the state.[7]
  • Brima Francis Bangura, OOR, 2014 - Government Printing Department.[6]
  • Clifford Rotimie Marcus Roberts, OOR, 2013[5]
  • Doreen Zephina Faux, OOR, 2014 - Civil Service.[6]
  • Francis Allieu Munu, GOOR, 2013[8]
  • Gary Schulze, OOR, 2014 - Education, History and Culture.[6]
  • Haja Fatmata Binta Wurie, OOR, 2014 - Civil Service.[6]
  • Jane Goodall, OOR, 2019 - Services to wildlife conservation in Sierra Leone.[12][13]
  • Joseph Saidu Momoh, OOR, 1974 - Sierra Leone's second president.[14]
  • Horatio Karty Max-McCarthy, OOR, 2013[5]
  • Helen Chichia Keili, OOR, 2013[8][5]
  • Lara Taylor-Pearce, OOR, 2017 - Auditor General of Sierra Leone.[15][16]
  • Mohamed Nfah Alie Conteh, OOR, 2014 - service to National Electoral Commission.[6]
  • Rev. Dr. Usman Jesse Fornah, OOR, 2014 - Evangelism.[6]
  • Rev. Prophetess Margaret Nabeh Brandon, OOR, - Evangelism.[6]
  • Rod Claude Wilhelm Kundeyomi Ma-Johnson, OOR, 2014 - Information and Communication and the Independent Media Commission.[6]
  • Sister Teresa McKeon, OOR, 2017 - Irish missionary and educator.[17]
  • Victor Ajisafe, OOR, 2013 - Pastor. For contributions to religion.[5]

Grand Officers[edit]

  • Abdul Rashid Bayoh GOOR, 2014 - Education and civil service.[6]
  • Ahmid Munirr Fofanah, GOOR, 2014 - Local government and rural development.[6]
  • Aminata B. Kallay, GOOR, 2014 - Business and Consular Cooperation.[6]
  • Andrew Gbebay Bangali GOOR, 2014 - Civil service and diplomacy.[6]
  • Daniel Olatunji Cole GOOR, 2014 - Civil and public service.[6]
  • Ernest Sahid Alie Surrur, GOOR, 2013[5]
  • Francis Allieu Munu, GOOR, 2013[8][5]
  • Ishmael B. Peters, GOOR, 2014 - Medicines.[6]
  • Julius Fofanah Sandy, GOOR, 2014 - Education and civil service.[6]
  • Michael A. J. Rekab, GOOR, 2014 - Dentistry.[6]
  • Patrick Eustace Coker, GOOR, 2014 - Medicines and sports.[6]
  • Samir Khattar Hassanyeh, GOOR, 2013[5]

Commanders[edit]

  • Andrina Rose Coker, CRSL, 2013[8][5]
  • Alhaji Abu Sesay, CRSL, 2013 - Education.[5]
  • Alhaji Alpha Bakarr Sahid Kanu, CRSL, 2013[5]
  • Alhaji Chernoh Maju, CRSL, 2013[5]
  • Alhaji Abdul Salam Noah, CRSL, 2014 - Entrepreneurship and Private Sector Development.[6]
  • Alhaji Soulaiman Basirou Daramy, CRSL, 2013 - Diplomacy.[5]
  • Binta Mansaray, CRSL, 2014 - service to the Special Court for Sierra Leone.[6]
  • David Richards, Baron Richards of Herstmonceux, CRSL - gallant leadership of the British Military intervention in the Sierra Leone Civil War.[18]
  • Dr. James Anthony Samba, CRSL, 2014 - Medicine.[6]
  • Frederick John Momodu Kamara, CRSL, 2014 - Social Welfare and Disability Issues.[6]
  • Gladys Ethel Omotunde Strasser-King, COR, 2014 - Commerce and Agriculture.[6]
  • Dr. James Caisa Boima, CRSL, 2013[5]
  • Jean-Raymond Boulle, CRSL, 2007 - for services in mining and trade.[19]
  • Jonas Abioseh Sylvanus Redwood-Sawyerr, COR, 2013 - Education.[5]
  • Dr. Joseph Sam Sesay, CRSL, 2013[5]
  • Reverend Moses Benson Khanu, CRSL, 2014 - Religion and the Human Rights.[6]
  • Sahr Matturi, CRSL, 2013[5]
  • Sahr Wonday, CRSL, 2013[5]
  • Sampha Bilo Kamara, CRSL, 2014 - For service to the Department of Prisons.[6]
  • Shahineh Bash-Taqi, CRSL, 2013 - Judiciary.[8][5]
  • Sorbie Ndigi Dumbuya, CRSL, 2014 - For service to the University of Sierra Leone.[6]
  • Sulaman Kabba Koroma, CRSL, 2014 - Law Profession.[6]
  • Dr. S. M. K. Renner, CRSL
  • Victor Esehwanu Heathcote Strasser-King, CRSL, 2013[5]

Grand Commanders[edit]

Unspecified[edit]

  • Gibril Sesay, 1986.[23]
  • James 'Jimmy B' Bangura, 2001 - music and film producer.[3][24]
  • Sam Nyandemoi III - Paramount Chief from Kono District.

Further reading[edit]

References and sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Steady, F. (2011-12-19). "Women and Leadership in West Africa: Mothering the Nation and Humanizing the State". Springer. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  2. ^ "The Handbook of Sierra Leone". Printed. 1980. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  3. ^ a b Vandyck, Agnes Ofosua (2019). African Visionaries. ACCRA, GHANA: SUB-SAHARAN. p. 147. ISBN 9988882998. OCLC 1083578959.
  4. ^ Alie, Joe A. D. (1990). "A new history of Sierra Leone". Macmillan. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al link, Get; Facebook; Twitter; Pinterest; Email; Apps, Other. "Sierra Leone: A Successful Educator". Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au "Sierra Leone Presidential Honours 2014". Politico SL. 2014-05-01. Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  7. ^ a b c d e "President Koroma presents awards to seven Sierra Leoneans". Sierra Network. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Johnson, Ruby B. (2013-06-11). "Miss Sierra Leone USA 2013-2014 Ruby B. Johnson: Miss Sierra Leone USA Attends 2013 Presentation of Insignia and Awards and Reception". Miss Sierra Leone USA 2013-2014 Ruby B. Johnson. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  9. ^ "President Koroma Decorates Sierra Leone Football Legend". sierraexpressmedia.com. Sierra Express Media. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  10. ^ "Bishop Patrick Daniel Koroma laid to rest". Awoko. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  11. ^ "'Zangalay' Bangura receives Presidential award". slconcordtimes.com. SL Concord Times. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  12. ^ Seisay, Manya (2019-03-03). "Dr. Jane Goodall awarded Sierra Leone's highest honor". Manya Seisay. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  13. ^ "President Julius Maada Bio Decorates Dr Jane Goodall as Officer of the Order of the Rokel". Sierra Leone State House – The Republic of Sierra Leone State House. 2019-02-27. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  14. ^ Jalloh, Alusine, (2018). Muslim Fula business elites and politics in Sierra Leone. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press. p. 176. ISBN 9781580461146. OCLC 1006316899.
  15. ^ "Auditor General decorated with GOOR award". slconcordtimes.com. SL Concord Times. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  16. ^ "Auditor-General Receives National Award – Audit Service Sierra Leone (ASSL) – Office of the Auditor General". Audit Service Sierra Leone. 2017. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  17. ^ "Sierra Leone Sister receives national award for mission". The Irish Catholic. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  18. ^ "The 2014 National Awards - Standard Times Press". Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  19. ^ "Sierra Leone to award Titanium Resources founder with its highest honour". International Mining. 2007-05-09. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  20. ^ "ASSN's Kellie Conteh Receives Sierra Leonean Presidential Award". africansecuritynetwork.org. African Security Sector Network. Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  21. ^ a b c "Recipients of the Order of the Rokel (Sierra Leone)". Histropedia. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  22. ^ "The Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone - Roster of Judges". www.rscsl.org. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  23. ^ Falola, Toyin; Ngom, Fallou (2009-09-11). "Facts, Fiction, and African Creative Imaginations". Routledge. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  24. ^ "A moment in time with Jimmy B's 'beautiful journey'". Sierra Leone Concord Times. Retrieved 2019-03-02.