Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara was born on April 30 1951, in Kamalo, Bombali District, North-Western Province of Sierra Leone, then a colony of United Kingdom. His father Pa Gibril Kamara was an ethnic Temne from Maworrko village near Rothuk and Magbanktha villages, Gberray Junction, Maforki chiefdom, Port Loko District. Dr. Samura Kamara’s mother, Ya Bomporro Kamara (née Kanu) is an indigene of Kamalo, Sanda Loko Chiefdom, Karene District, North-Western Region.
Dr. Samura Kamara is a development economist with a strong foundation in diplomacy, macroeconomic, public finance, central banking and financial sector policy analyses and reforms. He holds a Masters’ Degree (1980) and PhD (1986) from the University College of North Wales, BANGOR. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone (1972).
Prior to his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Sierra Leone in December 2012, Dr Kamara has previously served as the country’s Minister of Finance and Economic Development (2009-2012); Governor of the Central Bank of Sierra Leone (2008-2009); and Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (1994-1997 and 2001-2006).
He served as Alternate Executive Director for Africa Group I Constituency in the International Monetary Fund (2006-2007). He worked in the Economic Affairs Department of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, first, as Senior Economics Officer (1991-1994) and second, as Chief Programme Officer (1998-2001).
Throughout his career, Dr Kamara has also actively participated in wide ranging high level international conferences, seminars, workshops and courses in economic, fiscal and financial management, project management, regional economic integration, ICT, leadership, management skills and media training.
He has acquired many years of experience in international economic cooperation, and partnership agreements with bilateral and multilateral development agencies.
Prior to this new assignment, Dr Kamara provided a strong intellectual and managerial leadership in articulating Sierra Leone’s most successful development strategies: the Agenda for Change(2008 – 2012) and the Agenda for Prosperity (2013 – 2018).
On the 15th of October 2017, President Koroma announced at the All People’s Congress (APC) National Delegates Conference in Makeni that he had chosen Dr. Mathew Wilson Samura Kamara as the Presidential Flag bearer for the 2018 Elections.
Samura Kamara Personal life
Dr. Samura Kamara is Catholic. His parents and most of his family are Muslims, many of whom he sponsored to go on pilgrimage to Mecca. In Freetown he grew up in the house of his uncle, Alhaji Sorsoh Kamara who was Chairman of the Jamiul Jalil Mosque, in the Oldfield district of Freetown.
Samura Kamara has supported the construction of mosques in Kamalo and also installed solar lights at the Jamiul Jalil Mosque.
Kamara is a member of a number of traditional organizations and social clubs in Freetown.
Dr. Samura Kamara plays tennis.
Samura Kamara Family
Dr. Samura is married with three children.
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