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Monday, 27 July 2015

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRO-SIERRA LEONEAN " SOLOMON BEREWA " WAS VICE PRESIDENT OF SIERRA LEONE FROM MAY 2002 TO 2007 : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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Solomon Berewa


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
1996–2002
Succeeded byFredrick Max Carew
Personal details
BornAugust 6, 1938 (age 76)
Bumpe ChiefdomBo District,Sierra Leone
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
ProfessionLawyer
ReligionChristianity
Solomon Ekuma Dominic Berewa (born 6 August 1938 in Bumpe ChiefdomBo DistrictSierra Leone) was Vice-President of Sierra Leone from May 2002 to September 2007. 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]
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. Daudareceived 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]