History

1947

Brief Background
The Sierra Leone Ex Service Men’s Association (SLESA) is one of the oldest organization in West Africa. It was established in 1947 after the 2nd World War. It is a voluntary and non political organization with branches all over the country. Its national headquarters is with the active army of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF).

Affiliation
The Sierra Leone Ex Service Men’s Association (SLESA) is an affiliate member of the Commonwealth Ex Services League with headquarters in the United Kigdom(UK), and the World Veteran Association.

 

1997 – 2000

Through the stewardship of Phillip Forbie, a yahoo group was formed. The purpose of the online group was to leverage technology to connect with all the Ex Servicing men and women in the diaspora. The yahoo group was also a platform for sharing information on events affecting our colleagues worldwide, news on Sierra Leone and events affecting the noble institution we served.

 

2001 – 2014

A series of events affecting our colleagues galvanized us to seek ways to support each other. Rtd Major Taqi Kamara made several attempts to rally our colleagues, but the effort cooled off into a brief oblivion. Leadership, direction and purpose was not solidified at the time. Yet through those critical times of misfortunes, we rallied to lend support to one another. It was the death of one of our colleague and the response of all our colleagues that sparked the idea of resurrecting the organization.

We held elections via conference call to elect an interim executive to oversea the administration of the organization. The list below is the structure of our current Executive;

  • Francis Ken Josiah

 

    • Chairman
  • Matthew Kamara

 

    • Deputy Chairman
  • Phillip Forbie

 

    • Secretary
  • Alimamy Kabia

 

    • PRO
  • Jaiah KaiKai

 

    • Legal Officer
  • Amadu Keita

 

    • Organizing Secretary
  • Jacqui A. Sanu-Sesay

 

    • Deputy Organizing Secretary
  • Amadu Bah

 

    • Treasurer
  • Abdul Fillie  

 

  • Deputy Treasurer

 

 

 

 

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The Executive Council

  • Francis Ken Josiah Chairman
  • Matthew Kamara Deputy Chairman
  • Phillip Forbie Secretary
  • Alimamy Kabia PRO
  • Jaiah KaiKai Legal Officer
  • Amadu Keita Organizing Secretary
  • Taqi Kamara Global Market Manager
  • Juana Lukay Treasurer
  • L M S Turay Chairman of the Advisory Board
  • Desmond Henry Global Project Manager