Her Excellency Fatima Maada Bio
Her Excellency Fatima Maada Bio was born 27th November 1980 to a Sierra Leonean mother, Tidankay Jabbie and a Gambia father, Umar Jabbie. The First Lady was born in Kono district, Eastern
Sierra Leone where her mother hailed and father settled as a businessman. Mrs Fatima Maada Bio grew up in Kono and attended the Ansarul Islamic school before she completed her secondary education at the St Joseph Convent Secondary School in Freetown.
Mrs Fatima Maada-Bio later traveled to London where she pursued a Bachelor degrees of Arts with Honours in Performing Art from the Roehampton Institute in London and Bachelor of Arts with honours in Journalism at the University of the Arts, London College of Communication.
The First Lady’s degree in Performing Arts propelled her to start a very successful career in the African Film Industry in London and stardom as one of the elegant Nollywood Actresses, scriptwriter and executive producer. Mrs Fatima Bio wrote and produced the movie, “Battered”, which put her on the limelight in the movie industry. Furthermore, Mrs Bio has received several awards in including;
- Being honoured as one of the most influential people of African descent under 40 in New York, United States, Wednesday 3rd October 2018. The Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) identifies high achievers of African descent in public and private sectors from all around the world as a progressive network of relevant actors to join together in the spirit of recognition, justice and development of Africa.
- Miss Africa in 2000
- “Best Supporting Actress” for the movie Mirror Boy
- In 2011 “Best Actress Award” from the Black Ethnics, Fashion and Film Industry in the UK.
- In September 2013, Mrs Fatima Jabbe-Bio was voted the best female actress at the African Oscars in Washington DC, from a list of 32 nominees in Africa People’s Choice Best Actress category.
- Pan-African “Woman of the Year Award” awarded by All African Media based in Ghana.
- Prestigious Gweses First Lady Honorary Award at the Global Women Economic & Social Empowerment Summit. According to Dr (Mrs) Bola Olabisi FRSA, the award is in recognition of our First Lady’s outstanding achievements that impact the socio-economic development and empowerment of women.
In Africa, First Lady Bio is building personal relations with other First Lady’s. She has a unique ability to make people buy into her vision. This is strengthened by the fact that she leads by example. This unique quality led her to the massive success of the launch of her Flag ship programme themed “Hands off our Girls” in Freetown Sierra Leone. For the first time in history, First Ladies from different African countries were united in the fight against gender based violence in Dec 2018. These First Ladies joined in the peaceful protest on the streets of Freetown, Sierra Leone. This ultimately led to the President, H. E. Rtd Brig. Julius Maada Bio’s declaration of a National Emergency on Rape and Sexual Violence in Sierra Leone on the 7th Feb 2019.
Her Excellency’s fight against Cancer, she has taken internationally. She secured the funding of several doctors to study oncology from the Merck foundation. She also hosted the most awareness raising commemoration of World Cancer Day in West Africa on the 4th of February 2019. She used the Cancer Day commemoration to present to the government and the world, the model for an International Medical Centre. Her vision is to have the most advanced medical centre in the world in Sierra Leone, with international affiliation agreements with some of best teaching hospitals in the world.
Beside her battery of laurels, First Lady Fatima Bio won the Gathering of African Best (GAB) Awards for her exceptional contribution to promoting a positive image of Africans around the world. This is important because her determination to build and motivate in every area goes beyond the shores of Sierra Leone.
First Lady Bio, the multiple award winner, is a pioneer of the President’s vision of unity, patriotism and hard work to make Sierra Leone one of the greatest nations in Africa.
In 2018, at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, The conference “Girls with no name” is an unapologetic look on the issue of child prostitution in West Africa, using Sierra Leone as a case study. First Lady Bio delivered a speech at the conference . It was hosted by the United nations at their headquarters in Geneva Switzerland. First Lady Bio did not mince words and spoke objectively and gave an unapologetic insight into the issue of child prostitution in West Africa. She said sometimes these kids provide for their families through prostitution. This is absolutely not the responsibility of a child, but it is a social reality we face today.
Her prowess and strategy was noticed by the nation during the 2018 elections in Sierra leone where she took a pro-active role. She was able to broker peace easily amongst warring parties. Her down-to-earth communication skills was not only due to her formal education, but also her affinity with the grassroots.
At the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London in 2018 , the Queen of England was excited to meet with Africa’s newest first Lady. The Queen was impressed with her tenacity in helping to change the perception of the role of women in politics.
The First Lady has been working tirelessly to put Sierra Leone on the map and also bring out the potential of its citizens. Mrs Fatima Bio loves children and has been working on realistic short and long term goals that are impacting on the well-being of children across the world.
She passionately promotes women rights and equality thus fondly refers to the women of Sierra Leone as “Women of Substance”. She re-ignited the passion for farming in Sierra Leone when she launched “operation feed the nation” in her own farm. She is keen to protect Wild life and the beautiful eco-system in Sierra Leone. She shared her passion for conservation at the Illegal Wildlife Trade conference held in London by Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge in Oct. 2018.
In line with the government’s vision, First Lady Bio believes education is key. Her philanthropic character is inborn and she is a fantastic role model that leads by example. Her greatest strength is her ability to achieve any goal she sets. Some say it is divine, but people close to her will say it is pure, undiluted hard work, others still will say it is a combination of both divine intervention and hard work.