Dr. Samura Kamara – An Architect for a better Sierra Leone
Dr. Samura Matthew Wilson Kamara is aptly described as a versatile and well-travelled diplomat and an economist, a selfless politician and a God fearing personality full of respect for elders and constituted authority. He equally beliefs in effective leadership for greater achievements and is a reputable philanthropist who strongly believes in touching lives of the less privileged. Dr. Samura Kamara is a person who believes in developing the youth and helping them to actualize their dreams. These are his strong attributes.
Born on the 30th April 1951, Dr. Samura Kamara is a Sierra Leonean Economist who has been Financial Secretary, Bank Governor, Minister of Finance and Economic Development and later Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
From a humble beginning, Dr. Samura Kamara fulfilled his father’s dream that he rose to become a useful member of the Sierra Leone society right from his days as a very young man.
In Kamalo where Dr. Samura Kamara was born and raised, he played leadership roles even as a young child, helping other children in the neighborhood and providing assistance to the elderly. During his Primary Education, he was known to offer financial assistance to less privileged children during break, something many of them remember till date.
His life at Fourah Bay College was indeed the beginning of a journey that will see him acquire an international culture devoid of petty sentiments of ethnicity and religious bigotry.
Armed with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone in 1972, young Samura travelled outside the shores of Sierra Leone to Great Britain. There he enrolled at the University College of North Wales, BANGOR where he graduated with a Masters’ Degree in 1980 and a Ph.D. in1986.
Thus, Dr. Samura Kamara returned to Sierra Leone and did not look for any white collar job, rather he plunged himself into national development after his service at the Common Wealth Secretariat with a lot of successes recorded.
Within a short while as Financial Secretary and the knowledge obtained from school made him succeed beyond imagination. As an astute economist, entrepreneur and administrator, Dr. Samura Kamara established several high and was the Architect and promoter of the Agenda for Change 2008 – 2012 and the Agenda for Prosperity 2013 – 2018 and above all the First Foreign Minister of any country to address the UN Security Council Intergovernmental negotiations in Sierra Leone’s capacity as Chair of the African Union Committee of 10 (C-10) on the reform of the Security Council.
Dr. Samura Kamara has attended several legislative conferences and he possesses the required skills to leader the country. His activities include physical development, projects empowerment, promoting scholarship and support for widows, orphans and other vulnerable groups.
He has won several awards and accolades from International, National and Sierra Leone based groups and organizations. A widely travelled man, Dr. Samura Kamara has to been all the continents of the world and visited all major countries in Europe, America, Asia, Middle East and Africa. He is married with children and takes pride in philanthropy, travelling and making friends. He is a keen table tennis player.
His hopes, aspirations and commitment are for a greater Sierra Leone. This is the man –Dr. Samura Kamara.
#VOTE Dr. Samura Kamara and Hon. Chernor Maju Bah
By Bockarie Kukuku Musa – Communications and Media Consultant
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