As He Speaks on Peace, Democracy & Security…Ex-President Koroma Inspires Youth


Shortly after his recognition in Zambia, former President Ernest Bai Koroma joined a group of young leader entrepreneurs and innovators in Arusha, Tanzania in a “Meet the Leader” event where he took time to share his life’s journey from a private business man to holding the highest office in post-war Sierra Leone.

During this session, one of the organizations hosting the event, Westerwelle Foundation named the former Sierra Leonean President “Amani” a Swahili word for “Peace.”  Perhaps, the most interesting part of that session was when a brave and bold seven-year-old girl stood up to ask the vividly elated former President how he feels to be president and how old he is.

“I feel humbled and privileged to have been the opportunity to serve my country. Being a president comes with huge a responsibility I always felt that pressure on me,” Koroma said.

Africa Drive for Democracy Conference on Peace, Security and Decline on Democracy in the Continent

Former President Ernest Koroma will end his trip as a keynote speaker at the Africa Drive for Democracy conference in Arusha Tanzania. The Conference is being organized by the Strategic Litigation, MS Training Center for Development Co-operation, and the Institute for Security Studies. It will attract participants from over 30 countries from across Africa.

Former President Ernest, ‘Amani’ Bai Koroma will deliver an eye-opening address sharing his rich experience in peace building in Africa and the ECOWAS sub-region, as well as on the decline of democracy in Africa. The Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki Sawyer, will also be speaking at the event.


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