Valentine Strasser
Sierra Leonean politician
Valentine Strasser
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.
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IAN PAISLEY: In praise of our heavenly ‘Vagabond King’
News Letter - about 5 years
THE New Statesman recently carried an article entitled The Vagabond King. It tells the story of <a class="fplink fp-275059" href="/valentine+strasser+1">Valentine Strasser</a>. In 1992 he became the world’s youngest head of state when he seized power in Sierra Leone. But now, according to this article, he lives with his mother and spends his days drinking gin by the roadside.
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Leone Stars: Let's emulate President Johnson-Sirleaf! - Awareness Times
Google News - over 5 years
We remember the sportive years of Captain Valentine Strasser when the Leone Stars team was always given government incentives to enhance their performances. No wonder, the Leone Stars had the best record during the National Provisional Ruling Council
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The twisted African democratic revolutions - Ghana Business News
Google News - over 5 years
Out of the Valentine Strasser and the Maada Bio revolution came the flowering of democratic tenets and good governance in Sierra Leone born out of the bloodshed of the 11-year civil war. There may be some political and development challenges in Sierra
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Beyond Borders - From President to Potential Prisoner [analysis] - Middle East North Africa Financial Network
Google News - over 5 years
Even though Sierra Leone has not yet produced from president-to- prisoner, what we have so far produced is Valentine Strasser, a head of state, whose rise from zero to hero and whose fall from grace to grass certainly deserves space in the Guinness
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Over jealous delusions of his brother Steven Bio, Maada Bio might have Killed ... - Awareness Times
Google News - over 5 years
The seven people are apparently suspected of involvement in a plot to overthrow the government of Captain Valentine Strasser which seized power in a military coup in April 1992. On 11 March 1993 the government said it had uncovered a conspiracy to
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Maada Bio is Legitimate Brigadier-NONSENSE! A Rejoinder to New People! - Awareness Times
Google News - over 5 years
Bottom-line, the simple English that Major-General Robert Yira Koroma wrote informed us that Valentine Strasser as Head of State, simply did not have the authority to promote anyone below the rank of Colonel to a position of &#39;Brigadier&#39;
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Elevate the Debate: A Plea - Patriotic Vanguard
Google News - over 5 years
In all of this, why am I not seeing the name of Valentine Strasser, the Chairman of the NPRC when Bambay was executed being bandied around? Why am I not seeing the names of somebody&#39;s close protection bodyguard being bandied around especially as it is
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Revelation upon revelation : Maada Bio is indeed a thief - Cocorioko
Google News - over 5 years
Solomon Ekuma Berewa on 13 Friday September 1996 that the government said that he had enough evidence to convict former military rulers Captain Valentine Strasser and Brigadier Julius Maada Bio for defrauding the state of $982000 on the sale of Sierra
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Did Maada Bio Steal $982000 From The State? - Cocorioko
Google News - over 5 years
Of all the issues surrounding Maada Bio the one I am interested most in is his connivance with Captain Valentine Strasser to defraud the state of $982000 on the sale of Sierra Leonean passports to Hong Kong. The reason why I believe this story more
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Let's Practise Journalism with Integrity & a Sense of Patriotism - Awareness Times
Google News - over 5 years
It is important to note that Mr. Maada Bio gave his testimony to the TRC in secret unlike Captain Valentine Strasser who gave his testimony in the full glare of the public like an Officer and Gentleman! It is pertinent to state that all what the TRC
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Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone - Awareness Times
Google News - over 5 years
The brutal murder of journalist Ibrahim Foday is reportedly serving as a major devastation for former president Valentine Strasser. Ibrahim Foday is not only a close friend to the ex-president but has been at the forefront of reviving hopes for
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Does President Koroma like the status quo in Sierra Leone? - Sierra Express Media
Google News - over 5 years
The former National Provisional Ruling Council strongman, Valentine Strasser was branded as someone who had good intentions for the country but was surrounded by miscreants who wanted power more than the ruler. In less than seven months, the people of
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Dictators' Rain Dance - SaharaReporters.com
Google News - over 5 years
Valentine Strasser former strong man of Gambia of the yore was chased out of a school in the US by the daughter of a man he murdered while in office. Confronted with rapid ageing and the waning of days, they tinker with the idea of passing on the baton
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Farewell imperial, welcome metric? - Sierra Express Media
Google News - almost 6 years
In a Daily Mail (a publication that the APC government has commandeered under the editorship of Wilfred Kabs-Kanu) Johnny Paul Koroma&#39;s photograph appeared and yet there was no mention, let alone a photograph of Valentine Strasser
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Confronting Hard Truths About Ancestral Lands
NYTimes - about 20 years
OUT OF AMERICA A Black Man Confronts Africa By Keith B. Richburg 257 pages. New Republic/Basic Books. $24. Keith B. Richburg is a Washington Post reporter who covered some of the worst crises in Africa of the early 1990's, and he has used that experience to fashion an honest, angry book that will not please Afrocentric romantics. That, moreover,
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West African Surprise: Suddenly, Peace Takes Root in Sierra Leone
NYTimes - almost 21 years
Six months ago, while neighboring Liberia seemed well on its way to ending its catastrophic civil war, Sierra Leone stood out in the minds of many in this region as the most hopeless case in West Africa. Army officers who had seized power ruled over the capital, Freetown, enriching themselves in the clandestine diamond trade. South African
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World News Briefs;New Leader Pledges Vote in Sierra Leone
NYTimes - about 21 years
Sierra Leone's new leader, who took over in a bloodless coup on Tuesday, is committed to holding multi-party elections on Feb. 26, as planned, a Government spokesman said today. Addressing the nation a day after overthrowing Capt. Valentine Strasser, Brig. Julius Maada Bio called on rebels of the Revolutionary Unite Front, who have been fighting
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WORLD NEWS BRIEFS;Military Ruler Ousted By Army in Sierra Leone
NYTimes - about 21 years
Army officers ousted Sierra Leone's military leader in a coup today, six weeks before elections to restore civilian rule. There were no reports of bloodshed, and the ousted leader, Capt. Valentine Strasser, was said to have been given safe passage to Guinea. A statement by the officers said Captain Strasser, 30, had been replaced by Brig. Julius
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Now for Hire: South Africa's Out-of Work Commandos
NYTimes - over 21 years
To the old apartheid regime and supporters of its influence in this region, they were heroes, fighters who in units with names like Selous Scouts or Crowbar carried out devastating clandestine operations against neighboring countries or propped up clients of South Africa. To most of South Africa's neighbors, they were seen as brutal enforcers of
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Valentine Strasser
    THIRTIES
  • 2000
    Age 32
    In 2000 Strasser left England for Gambia only to have his entry to that country denied.
    More Details Hide Details He then moved back to Sierra Leone where he lives in poverty on a small pension in Grafton, east of Freetown, and runs the ICT Institute providing computer skills for youths.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The coup was led by his deputy, Brigadier General Julius Maada Bio, Colonel Tom Nyuma and Captain Komba Mondeh. Bio quickly rose as the leader of the coup, with the support of Nyuma and Mondeh and took over as Head of State of Sierra Leone. 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.
  • 1992
    Age 24
    He was the leading member in a group of six young Sierra Leonean soldiers who overthrew president Joseph Saidu Momoh in the 29 April 1992 military coup.
    More Details Hide Details They established a military junta called the National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC). On January 1996, after nearly four years in power, Strasser was ousted in a second military coup, but this time it was his own NPRC soldiers who were not satisfied with his handling of the peace process. The coup was led by his deputy, Brigadier General Julius Maada Bio. Stresser is the first, and one of two Sierra Leonean Head of State (the other is Julius Maada Bio) born after Sierra Leone had become an Independent nation. He is also the second Sierra Leonean Head of State from the Krio ethnic group. Strasser was born and raised in the neighbourhood of Allen Town in the east end of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown to Creole parents. Strasser enlisted in the Republic of Sierra Leone Military Forces (RSLMF) at age eighteen, immediately after graduating from secondary school.
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    Age 17
    On graduation from secondary school in 1985, he enlisted in the Republic of Sierra Leone Military Forces (RSLMF) at the age of eighteen and was deployed for military training as a cadet officer at the Benguema Military Training Academy in Benguema, a town located just outside Freetown. After his training, he was commissioned into the Sierra Leone army at the young age of nineteen. He was posted to a barracks in Daru, Kailahun District in Eastern Sierra Leone. The Revolutionary United Front (RUF) led by Foday Sankoh began their first attack on 25 March 1991 in Buedu villages in Kailahun District.
    More Details Hide Details Strasser and other soldiers who were already in a military barracks in Kailahun, were sent to command and rout the rebellion against the RUF. During Strasser's time at the war front in Kailahun District against the RUF, the Government of Sierra Leone led by president Joseph Saidu Momoh hardly supplied enough boots to the soldiers and the necessary military equipment to help fortify Strasser and his fellow soldiers in the war against the RUF. The soldiers never received their salaries on time and their welfare was hardly at the top of the government's list of priorities. After many appeals, warnings or threats, the young soldiers decided to march down in their combat from Kailahun to the State House in Freetown on 29 April 1992, to protest about their setbacks in pursuing the war, demanding their outstanding salaries. The group of soldiers was led by Strasser himself and his best friend Solomon Musa. The emergence of the soldiers into the capital city forced president Momoh to flee the country and he went into exile in Conakry, Guinea. That motivated Strasser and his men to seize power, forming the NPRC, with Strasser as its leader and the Head of State of the country. Strasser became the youngest Head of State in the world at just twenty five years old.
    Strasser completed his secondary education at the Sierra Leone Grammar School in Freetown and graduated in 1985 at age eighteen.
    More Details Hide Details While in secondary school, Strasser was a gifted student in math and chemistry.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Born
    Valentine Esegragbo Melvin Strasser was born on 26 April 1967 in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, to parents from the Creole ethnic group.
    More Details Hide Details Strasser grew up in the neighbourhood of Allen Town, in the extreme East End of Freetown.
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