- Limba people (Sierra Leone)
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 [http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/News/0,,2-11-1447_2171641,00.html]
*150,196 - 30% of
*70,968 21% of
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 Districtand in the capital city of Freetownand 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.
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
Lamin Conteh, football star
* Mohamed Rashid, football star
Kewullay Conteh, football star
* [http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=sierra+leone+limba Photos from the Limba Region]
* [http://www.douglasyaney.com/tribes-limba.htm Limba Masks]
* [http://hypertextbook.com/eworld/sounds.shtml Limba Music Recordings]
* [http://www.sierra-leone.org/heroes5.html See section on "Alimamy Suluku," famous Limba ruler of the 19th century]
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