Solomon Berewa

Solomon Ekuma Dominic Berewa (6 August 1938 – 5 March 2020) was Vice-President of Sierra Leone from May 2002 to September 2007. Standing as the candidate of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP), he was defeated in the second round of the 2007 presidential election by Ernest Bai Koroma of the All People's Congress (APC).[1][2]

Solomon Ekuma Dominic Berewa
Vice President of Sierra Leone
In office
2002 – September 17, 2007
Preceded byAlbert Joe Demby
Succeeded bySamuel Sam-Sumana
Leader of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP)
In office
September 4, 2005 – September 17, 2007
Preceded byAhmed Tejan Kabbah
Succeeded byJohn Oponjo Benjamin
Attorney General and Minister of Justice of Sierra Leone
In office
Succeeded byFredrick Max Carew
Personal details
Born(1938-08-06)August 6, 1938
Bumpe Chiefdom, Bo District, British Sierra Leone
DiedMarch 5, 2020(2020-03-05) (aged 81)
NationalitySierra Leonean
Political partySierra Leone People's Party (SLPP)
Spouse(s)widowed with five children; Annie, Solomon Jr., Edwin, Augustine, Martin, and Francis
Alma materFourah Bay College

Newcastle University


Life and careerEdit

Berewa was born in 1938 in Bumpe Chiefdom, Bo District.

Under President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, Berewa was Attorney-General and Minister of Justice from 1996[3] to 1997, when the government was ousted in a coup. After Kabbah was restored to power, Berewa was Attorney-General and Minister of Justice again from 1998 to May 2002. He then became Vice-President.

At the SLPP's national convention in Makeni on September 3–4, 2005, Berewa was selected by the SLPP as its leader and its 2007 presidential candidate. He received 291 votes, while Charles Margai received 34, Julius Maada Bio received 33, and J. B. Dauda received 28.[4]

In the first round of the 2007 presidential election, held on August 11, Berewa took second place with 38.3% of the vote, behind Koroma, the candidate of the opposition APC, who won 44.3%.[5][6] A second round between Berewa and Koroma was held on September 8, and on September 17 Koroma was declared the winner, with 54.6% of the vote against 45.4% for Berewa.[1][2] Berewa promptly conceded defeat,[7] and Koroma was sworn in later on the same day[8] at a ceremony at which Berewa was present.[9]

In keeping with the SLPP constitution, which requires its leader to resign if the party loses a national election under his leadership, Berewa resigned as party leader on October 17, 2007.[10]


  1. ^ a b Rod MacJohnson, "Sierra Leone gets a new leader", AFP (The Times, South Africa), September 17, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "S Leone opposition win presidency", BBC News, 17 September 2007.
  3. ^ "President Kabbah's First Cabinet", 1996 Archived 2007-07-01 at the Wayback Machine,
  4. ^ ""Vice President Berewa Leads SLPP"". Archived from the original on January 3, 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-03.,, September 6, 2005.
  5. ^ "Freetown opposition party wins majority", Reuters (IOL), August 24, 2007.
  6. ^ Full provisional results from the National Electoral Commission, August 23, 2007.
  7. ^ Bampia James Bundu, "Solomon Berewa concedes defeat to Ernest Bai Koroma in Sierra Leone" Archived 2007-10-14 at the Wayback Machine, Awareness Times, September 17, 2007.
  8. ^ Katrina Manson and Christo Johnson, "Koroma pledges healing in Sierra Leone", Reuters (IOL), September 18, 2007.
  9. ^ "Sierra Leone's new leader sworn in", Al Jazeera, September 18, 2007.
  10. ^ "Berewa steps aside after losing vote", AFP (IOL), October 18, 2007.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Albert Joe Demby
Vice President of Sierra Leone
Succeeded by
Samuel Sam-Sumana