Albert Margai

Sir Albert Margai

2nd Prime Minister of Sierra Leone
In office
28 April 1964 – 21 March 1967
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byMilton Margai
Succeeded bySiaka Stevens
Minister of Finance
In office
Minister of Agriculture
In office
Head of Sierra Leone People's Party
In office
Preceded byMilton Margai
Succeeded byMilton Margai
Member of Parliament
for Moyamba
Moyamba (1957)
In office
Personal details
Albert Michael Margai

(1910-10-10)10 October 1910
Gbangbatoke, Banta Chiefdom, Moyamba District, British Sierra Leone
Died18 December 1980(1980-12-18) (aged 70)
NationalitySierra Leonean
Political partySierra Leone People's Party

Sir Albert Michael Margai (10 October 1910 – 18 December 1980) was the second prime minister of Sierra Leone and the half-brother of Sir Milton Margai,[1] the country's first Prime Minister. He is also the father of Sierra Leonean politician Charles Margai.[2]

Early life

Albert Margai was born in Gbangbatoke, Banta Chiefdom, in what is now the Moyamba District, Freetown.[3] His stepfather, M. E. S. Margai, who gave him the family name Margai, was a wealthy trader from Bonthe.[4] Margai received a Roman Catholic education at St. Edward's Primary School and went on to be one of the first group of students to attend St. Edward's Secondary School.[3]

Margai became a registered nurse and this was his occupation from 1931 to 1944.[3] He later travelled to England and read law at the Inner Temple Inns of Court, where he qualified in 1948.[3] Prior to his political career, he owned a private law practice in Freetown.[3]

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