- Born in 1932, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah began his career in public service in 1959, rising to become the youngest permanent secretary in the country in the late 1960s.
- Mr Kabbah was first elected president in 1996, ending a decade of military rule. Kabbah has spent nearly his entire career in the public sector. He served in the Western Area and in all the Provinces of Sierra Leone. He was a District Commissioner in Bombali and Kambia (Northern Province), in Kono (Eastern Province) and in Moyamba and Bo (Southern Province).
- He later became Permanent Secretary in various Ministries, including Trade and Industry, Social Welfare, and Education
- He was briefly ousted in a military coup the following year before being restored to power by a West African regional force.
- He won a landslide victory in the 2002 elections and was praised for maintaining peace and establishing democratic institutions.
MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE