Banja Tejan-Sie

Sir Banja Tejan-Sie, GCMG (7 August 1917 – 8 August 2000) was a politician and lawyer in Sierra Leone and one of the "founding fathers" of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP). Tejan-Sie was born in Moyamba District (in the current Southern Province) to a famous Muslim cleric and scholar from the Fulah tribe. Tejan-Sie was educated at the Bo School and the Prince of Wales School before continuing his education at the London School of Economics and Lincoln's Inn, where he was called to the bar in 1951.

Sir Banja Tejan Sie, GCMG
Governor-General of Sierra Leone
In office
22 April 1968 – 21 March 1971
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byHenry Josiah Lightfoot Boston
Succeeded byChristopher Okoro Cole
Speaker of the House of Parliament of Sierra Leone
In office
1962–1967
Preceded bySir Henry Josiah Lightfoot Boston
Succeeded bySir Emile Luke
Personal details
Born
Banja Tejan-Sie

(1917-08-07)7 August 1917
Moyamba, Moyamba District, British Sierra Leone
Died8 August 2000(2000-08-08) (aged 83)
NationalitySierra Leonean
Political partySierra Leone People's Party (SLPP)
Spouse(s)Admire Stapleton
Children
  • Daphne Tejan-Sie
  • Malcolm Tejan-Sie
  • Yomi Tejan-Sie
Alma materBo School

London School of Economics

ProfessionAttorney, Lawyer

Political careerEdit

In 1951, Tejan-Sie lost an election for a seat in the Parliament; despite this he was appointed as one of the two National Vice Presidents of the SLPP in 1953. However, in 1957, after losing his second election, Tejan-Sie began a career in the judiciary. In 1962, he was elected to the position made empty in the legislature of Speaker of the House by Sir Henry Josiah Lightfoot Boston,[1] who became Governor-General of Sierra Leone.

In 1967, a military coup overthrew the government and set up the National Reformation Council. Tejan-Sie was appointed to the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, which he held until 1968. In that same year, when civilian control was restored, he was appointed as Governor-General. In 1971, when Sierra Leone was declared a republic, Tejan-Sie went into exile in England, where lived for the rest of his life, although he did visit Sierra Leone again in 1987 at the behest of then President Joseph Saidu Momoh.

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Government offices
Preceded by
John Amadu Bangura
Governor-General of Sierra Leone
1968–1971
Succeeded by
Christopher Cole (acting)