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Patricia Kabbah was the wife of Sierra Leone's 3rd President, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah; was First Lady of Sierra Leone from 1996 until her death in 1998.


Patricia Tucker was born on March 17, 1933 in Gbap, Bonthe District, in the Southern Province of Sierra Leone, to ethnic Sherbro parents.


She attended St. Joseph’s Convent Primary School in Bonthe and St. Joseph’s Convent Secondary School in Freetown. After two years of teaching, Miss Tucker studied in the United States and received her Bachelor's degree in English at the University of Toledo, in Toledo, Ohio in 1959 and a Master's degree in French Language at the University of Chicago, in Chicago, Illinois in 1963.


She was an ethnic Sherbro from Bonthe District, in the Southern Province of Sierra Leone. She was later employed by the Catholic Mission to teach English and French at St. Joseph’s Secondary School in Freetown. She returned to Sierra Leone in 1963 where she was appointed Assistant Secretary, under former Sierra Leone's Prime Minister Milton Margai's administration.

She went with Kabbah to England where they both studied law. The family moved to New York in 1981 where Mrs Kabbah obtained a Political Affairs Research appointment at the De-colonization Committee of the United Nations. She was later promoted as Head of the Executive Office, Department of Political Affairs, De-colonization of Trusteeship, with special responsibility for Budget, Personnel and General Administration.

Mrs Kabbah also taught French and English at the City University of New York. Mrs Kabbah moved back to Sierra Leone in 1995. During that time she accepted the chairmanship of the committee established to formulate plans for a return to civilian government, and to draft a new constitution.


Member Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, Inns of Court, United Kingdom.


  • Other Interests

    Law, African political matters.


Spouse Ahmad Tejan, National of Sierra Leone.

Ahmad Tejan