Ex-Nun who ran Sierra Leone Elections
Dr Christiana Thorpe grew up in Sierra Leone. She became a nun and devoted herself to teaching but eventually gave up her vocation and ended up as the country's Education Minister during the civil war of the 1990s. She's just about to step down from her latest job as head of the National Electoral Commission.
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Photo: Dr Christiana Thorpe, president of the Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission (NEC).
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