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Meet Solomon Berewa: Biodata culled from the Solo B Website (
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Dec 14, 2006, 12:41
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Solomon Ekuma Dominic Berewa, Vice President of Sierra Leone, Leader and Presidential candidate of the SLPP, hails from Yengema, Bumpe Chiefdom, Bo District in the Southern Province of Sierra Leone. He was born on the 6th August, 1938.

Mr. Berewa attended the Catholic Primary School in Serabu from 1948 to 1953, and Christ the King College in Bo from 1953 to 1958 as a foundation student. After successfully completing his secondary education, he entered Fourah Bay College in 1958 concentrating in Latin, Politics, Philosophy, and Ethics.

He graduated with a B.A. in 1963. Solo B then took up a teaching position in his alma mater, C.K.C., from 1963 to 1966.

He joined the Sierra Leone Cooperative service in 1966. Solo B then got an award to take up studies at Stanford Hall Loughborough College in England from 1966 – 1967, where he graduated as a Cooperative Officer. In 1968, he furthered his studies for a Certificate in Agricultural Marketing at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England. He returned home to continue service as a Cooperative Officer until 1970 when he resigned to further studies in Law.

Solo B entered Inns of Court School of Law, London in 1970 and graduated with honors in 1973 (Barrister-at-Law, Inner Temple). As a student, he won laurels from The Council of Legal Education in the Bar Final Examination in Private International Law (Conflict of Laws), and from Inner Temple in Law of International Trade. Back home, he became a Law Officer from 1973 to 1980.

Solo B is a founding partner of the Law Firm, Betts and Berewa. He worked in this firm from 1980 to 1996. While with the firm his services were engage by the Republic of The Gambia as a Special Prosecutor in 1982. He was the first criminal law and evidence lecturer in the law faculty of Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He also served on the National Policy Advisory Council of the NPRC. It was here that President Kabbah spotted him as a resourceful, trustworthy, and hardworking person during the drafting of the constitution.

President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah appointed him Attorney-General and Minister of Justice in 1996. In this capacity, he led government delegation at peace talks between the government of Sierra Leone and the infamous RUF – Abidjan Accord in 1996; exit plan for RUF/AFRC in Conakry, 1997; Lome Peace Agreement ending the rebel war and the establishment of UN Peacekeeping force (UNAMSIL) in Sierra Leone in 1999; Peace talks in Nigeria in 1999 and 2000; tripartite meetings between the government, RUF/AFRC and UN for disarmament of armed groups and the restoration of civil state authority in Sierra Leone 2000 to 2001.

In May 2002, President Kabbah again appointed Solo B Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone.

His handling of this position dubbed him "the functional VP". He is a very trusted and loyal lieutenant of H.E. President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. Few of the special responsibilities he has undertaken with distinction include leading and chairing the consultative group meeting in Paris with donors; directing the preparation of the Sierra Leone Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper; Chairman of DEPAC with donors; he is the Chairman of the Sierra Leone Police Council – "A Force for Good".

Solo B believes in maintaining a very strong family unit. He recently became a widower with five children – the Late Mrs. Deborah Berewa (May her soul rest in perfect peace), Annie (daughter), Solomon Jr., Rev. Father Augustine Berewa, Martin and Francis. Grandchildren: Simche, Kwamah, Yeani, and Solomon III.

As the father of a catholic priest, he has a very strong catholic faith. In his leisure time, Solo B likes playing church organ and reading biographies.

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