Limba people (Sierra Leone)

Limba people (Sierra Leone)

ethnic group
group=The Limba

caption = Famous Sierra Leoneans from the Limba ethnic group:
Almamy Suluku, Siaka Stevens, Joseph Saidu Momoh, Johnny Paul Koroma, Kandeh Baba Conteh, Christian Alusine Kamara-Taylor, Brima Acha Kamara, Kewullay Conteh, Hindowa Momoh, Jengo Stevens

poptime= 566,529 - 9% of Sierra Leone's population [,,2-11-1447_2171641,00.html]
popplace=Northern Province, Western Area
*150,196 - 30% of Bombali District population
*70,968 21% of Kambia District population
rels=Islam, Christianity
langs=Limba language
related=Temne, Loko

The Limba people are one of the indigenous ethnic groups in the Republic of Sierra Leone. They are the third largest ethnic group in the country and make up about 8.4% of the population or about 528,761 members. They are primarily found in the Northern Province, particulaly in Bombali District and in the capital city of Freetown and its countryside.


The Limba are mainly rice farmers who live in the savannah-woodland region in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone. They predominate in 7 of Sierra Leone's 149 rural chiefdoms, and their community affairs are dominated by the local paramount chiefs. The Limba are the third-largest ethnic group in Sierra Leone.

Religion and spiritual beliefs

The Limba in the Northern Province are most strongly influenced by Islam, and the southern, by Christianity. The western group has been influenced by both.

Notable Limbas


* Almamy Suluku, powerful Limba ruler who maintained his independence as long as possible through brilliant political strategy during colonial era. (Kamabai - Northern Province)
* Siaka Stevens, president of Sierra Leone from 1971-1985
* Joseph Saidu Momoh, president of Sierra Leone from 1985-1992
* Johnny Paul Koroma, Head of State of Sierra Leone from May 1997 to February 1998.
* Brima Acha Kamara, the current Inspector General of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP).
* Christian Alusine Kamara-Taylor, Sierra Leonean politician and one of the founding members of the All People's Congress (APC)
* Paolo Conteh, Current Sierra Leone's Minister of Defence
* Jengo Stevens, current Sierra Leone's ambassador to the United States and son of former Sierra Leone's president Siaka Stevens
* Dauda Kamara, Current Sierra Leone's Internal Affairs Minister
* Hindowa Momoh, former President of the National Union of Sierra Leone Students
* Kandeh Baba Conteh, Sierra Leonean politician and leader of the Peace and Liberation Party (PLP)
* Momodu Munu, Sierra Leone's foreign minister from 1985-1989
* Abdulai Conteh, former Sierra Leone's Minister of Foreign Affairs
* Kondeh Yapoh Conteh, Member of Parliament for Constituency of Kamabai

Football stars

* Lamin Conteh, football star
* Mohamed Rashid, football star
* Kewullay Conteh, football star

External links

* [ Photos from the Limba Region]
* [ Limba Masks]
* [ Limba Music Recordings]
* [ See section on "Alimamy Suluku," famous Limba ruler of the 19th century]


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