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Valentine Strasser
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Valentine Strasser

Sierra Leonean Politician
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Born Apr 26, 1967

Valentine Esegragbo Melvine Strasser served as head of state of Sierra Leone from 1992 to 1996. He had been a junior military officer but in 1992, he became the world's youngest Head of State when he seized power three days after his 25th birthday. He was the leading member in a group of six young Sierra Leonean soldiers who overthrew president Joseph Saidu Momoh in the April 29, 1992 military coup.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1967 Birth Valentine Esegragbo Melvin Strasser was born on April 26, 1967 in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, to parents from the Creole ethnic group. … Read More

TEENAGE

1985 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Strasser completed his secondary education at the Sierra Leone Grammar School in Freetown and graduated in 1985 at age eighteen. … Read More

TWENTIES

1987 20 Years Old As a young ambitious soldier, Strasser was commissioned to a military barracks in Daru, Kailahun District in Eastern Sierra Leone in 1987 at the age of 19. The Revolutionary United Front (RUF) led by Foday Sankoh began their first attack on the 25 March 1991 in Buedu villages in Kailahun District. … Read More
1992 25 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He had been a junior military officer but in 1992, he became the world's youngest Head of State when he seized power three days after his 25th birthday.
1996 29 Years Old On January 1996, after nearly four years in power, Strasser was ousted in another military coup, but this time it was his own NPRC members who were not satisfied with his handling of the peace process. … Read More

THIRTIES

2000 33 Years Old Following his overthrow, Strasser left for the United Kingdom, where he studied law at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England, but stopped his studies after a year. In 2000 Strasser left England for Gambia only to have his entry to that country denied. … Read More
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