Osman Foday Yansaneh

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Osman Foday Yansaneh
Secretary-General of the All People's Congress
In office
2012 – present
PresidentErnest Bai Koroma
Preceded byVictor Bockarie Foh
Sierra Leone Ambassador to Ghana
In office
2007–2012
Preceded byAlie Bangura[1]
Succeeded byUmu Hawa Tejan_Jalloh
Personal details
BornKamakwie, Bombali District, Sierra Leone
NationalitySierra Leonean
ResidenceFreetown, Sierra Leone
Alma materFourah Bay College
ProfessionLawyer
ReligionIslam (Sunni)

Alhaji Osman Foday Yansaneh is a Sierra Leonean politician who has been Secretary-General of the All People's Congress political party, the ruling party in Sierra Leone, since 2012. Yansaneh is a close ally and senior advisor to President Ernest Bai Koroma.

A Fourah Bay College graduate with a Bachelor of Laws, Yansaneh is a long time member of the APC party, and was a personal assistant to President Joseph Saidu Momoh, before the Momoh government was overthrown in a 1992 military coup[2]. He served as Sierra Leone's Ambassador to Ghana before he was elected Secretary-General of the APC party in 2012. Yansaneh is a senior member of the APC party, and a member of the APC Advisory Council, which is made up of the most senior members of the APC. Yansaneh is a native of Kamakwie, Bombali District in northern Sierra Leone.

Early life and education[edit]

Osman Foday Yansaneh was born in Kamakwie, Sella Limba chiefdom, Bombali District in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone. Yansaneh was born to very religious Muslim parents; and Yansaneh himself is a devote Muslim. Yansaneh has made the Hajj pilgrimage to the holy Islamic cities of Mecca and Medina.

Yansaneh attended the Wesleyan Secondary School in Kamakwie, a Christian funded school, that was and still open to people of all religion. Yansaneh was a class prefect, and was considered one of the brilliant students in the school. Yansaneh was the first student from the Kamakwie Wesleyan secondary school to pass his GCE examination. Yansaneh was given an academic scholarship at Fourah Bay College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws[3]. Upon graduation from Fourah Bay College, Yansaneh was employed as a teacher Kamakwie Wesleyan secondary school, the school he attended.

Political career[edit]

Yansaneh was a personal assistant to President Joseph Saidu Momoh before the Momoh government was overthrown in a military coup in 1992. [4] He served as Sierra Leone's Ambassador to Ghana under President Ernest Bai Koroma before he was elected as Secretary-General of the APC party in 2012. Yansaneh is a senior member of the APC party, and a member of the APC Advisory Council, which is made up of the most senior members of the APC. Yansaneh is a native of Kamakwie, Bombali District in northern Sierra Leone.

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