Sierra Leone

  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The Colony of Sierra Leone originated in 1787 when English settlers bought a piece of land intended as a home for natives of Africa who were waifs in London. The land was later used as a settlement for Africans rescued from slave-ships. The hinterland was declared a British protectorate on 21 Aug. 1896. Sierra Leone became independent as a member state of the British Commonwealth on 27 April 1961. In a general election in March 1967, Dr Siaka Stevens’ All People’s Congress came to power and was installed despite a military coup to prevent his taking ofce. Sierra Leone became a republic on 19 April 1971 with Dr Siaka Stevens as executive president. Following a referendum in June 1978, a new constitution was instituted under which the ruling All People’s Congress became the sole legal party.


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Further Reading

  1. Binns, Margaret and J. Anthony, Sierra Leone. [Bibliography] ABC-Clio, Oxford and Santa Barbara (CA), 1992Google Scholar
  2. Conteh-Morgan, E. and Dixon-Fyle, M., Sierra Leone at the End of the Twentieth Century: History, Politics, and Society. Peter Lang Publishing, Berne, 1999Google Scholar
  3. Ferme, M., The Underneath of Tings: Violence, History, and the Everyday in Sierra Leone. Univ. of California Press, 2001CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. National Statistical Office: Statistics Sierra Leone, A. J. Momoh Street, Tower Hill, P.M.B. 595, Freetown.Google Scholar

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