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Siaka Stevens

Personal data
Date of birthAugust 24, 1905
Place of birthMoyamba, Moyamba District, Sierra Leone
Date of deathMay 29, 1988(age 82)
Place of deathFreetown, Sierra Leone
NationalitySierra Leonean
Political partyAll People's Congress (APC)
Alma materRuskin College Oxford, England, United Kingdom
3rd Prime Minister and 1st President of Sierra Leone
In officeMay 17, 1967 - November 28, 1985
PresidentSorie Ibrahim Koroma
Vice PresidentSorie Ibrahim Koroma
Succeeded byJoseph Saidu Momoh
Preceded bySir Albert Margai

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Siaka Probyn Stevens (24 August 1905 - 29 May 1988) was the 3rd prime minister of Sierra Leone from 1967 - 1971 and the 1st president of Sierra Leone from 1971 - 1985. Stevens is generally criticised for dictatorial methods of government in which many of his political opponents were executed; but on a positive note, he reduced the ethnic polarisation in the government of Sierra Leone by incorporating members of various ethnic groups into his all-dominating APC.

Stevens was born on August 24, 1905 in Moyamba, Moyamba District in the Southern Province of Sierra Leone to parents from the Limba ethnic group. He completed secondary school at the famous Albert Academy in Freetown, the same secondary school Sierra Leone's first Prime Minister Sir Milton Margai attended. He attended Ruskin College in Oxford, England where he studied Trade Unionism. Stevens jointed the Sierra Leone Police Force From 1923 to 1930. He rose to the rank of First Class Sergeant.

Stevens and his All People's Congress (APC) party won the closely contested 1967 Sierra Leone general elections over the incumbent Prime Minister Sir Albert Margai of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP). In April 1971, Stevens introduced a Republic form of Government and he became the first President of Sierra Leone a day after the constitution had been ratified by Parliament.

Stevens served as Chairman of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) from 1 July] 1980 to 24 June 1981, and engineered the creation of the Mano River Union, a three country economic federation of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Stevens retired from office at the end of his term on 28 November 1985. After pressuring all other potential successors to step aside, he chose Major-General Joseph Saidu Momoh, the commander of the Sierra Leone Armed Forces as his successor.

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Dr. Alpha T. Wurie Declares for SLPP Flag Bearer - Awareness Times Tweet this news
Awareness Times--He said at the time when the country was under the virtual dictatorship of -Siaka Stevens-, it was difficult to get young men to thump their chests in ... - Date : Tue, 31 Aug 2010 17:38:57 GMT+00:00
Meet Sierra Leone's rebranding and crusading ambassador : HE Jongopie Stevens - Cocorioko Tweet this news
Cocorioko--Ambassador -Stevens- , son of former President Dr. -Siaka- Probyn -Stevens-, visited the Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations last week. ... - Date : Mon, 23 Aug 2010 04:37:14 GMT+00:00
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone - Awareness Times Tweet this news
Awareness Times--The Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, Dr. Osman Gbla was reportedly robbed by thieves last Friday afternoon along -Siaka Stevens- Street in ... - Date : Wed, 25 Aug 2010 17:09:26 GMT+00:00
It's a real laugh~! - Sierra Express Media (blog) Tweet this news
Sierra Express Media (blog)--The late -Siaka Stevens- started it all and it is meant to rob the victim of his dignity. (Photo: Dr. Sama Banya) Readers may recall how Chief Justice COE ... - Date : Tue, 24 Aug 2010 15:24:52 GMT+00:00
Blood diamonds 'not the cause' of Sierra Leone war - Channel 4 News Tweet this news
Channel 4 News---Siaka Stevens- used vast numbers of smuggled diamonds to prop up his presidency in the 1970s and '80s. The conflict in the 1990s and early 2000s was fuelled ... - Date : Thu, 05 Aug 2010 21:43:13 GMT+00:00
Police promises the nation of continuous raids on Okadas - Sierra Express Media (blog) Tweet this news
Sierra Express Media (blog)--The areas designated as no-go places for okadas are the Central Business District of Freetown, Rokel Street, -Siaka Stevens- Street, PZ, Abacha Street, ... - Date : Thu, 26 Aug 2010 16:01:47 GMT+00:00
APRM ensures good governance - Awoko Tweet this news
Awoko---...- hundred thousand United States dollars subscription to the APRM and that a Secretariat has also been established along -Siaka Stevens- Street in Freetown. ... - Date : Tue, 17 Aug 2010 16:12:09 GMT+00:00
Sylvia Blyden Challenges Sierra Leone Government - "Name My Political Party!" - Awareness Times Tweet this news
Awareness Times--On the contrary, when I highlight his unconstitutional actions, it helps to ensure we do not go back into the anarchy of -Siaka Stevens- and Joseph Momoh days ... - Date : Sat, 14 Aug 2010 18:47:56 GMT+00:00
JPs Judgement challenged - Awoko Tweet this news
Awoko--Furthermore, the defendant JS Marwani, an Indian businessman at -Siaka Stevens- Street is poised to expose certain flaws that led to his eviction. ... - Date : Mon, 09 Aug 2010 14:57:17 GMT+00:00
Professor Michael Sesay contesting APC -DC Chapter election - Cocorioko Tweet this news
Cocorioko--Let us don't forget that this is the party of -Siaka Stevens-, S .I. Koroma, CA Kamara-Taylor and many others who sacrificed everything in the struggles of ... - Date : Wed, 28 Jul 2010 00:58:52 GMT+00:00

Preceded by
Albert Margai
Prime Minister of Sierra Leone
1968 - 1971
Succeeded by
Christopher Cole
Preceded by
Christopher Cole
President of Sierra Leone
1971 - 1985
Succeeded by
Joseph Saidu Momoh

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