Umaru Fofana was born in eastern Sierra Leone and became the first in line in his family to ever enter University. He studied at Fourah Bay College - Sub Sahara Africa’s first modern day University, and since he graduated in 1996 he has been journalist after briefly working for Amnesty International in his home.
He has worked for various newspapers and radio stations at home and abroad. At present he is the CEO of FreeMedia Group which owns a newspaper and a radio station.
He is also Correspondent for the BBC and Reuters. During the recent Ebola outbreak he won a series of awards with BBC and NPR for the coverage - including a Peabody.
He has been involved in the production of many TV documentaries on Ebola most notably The Children Of Ebola directed by British filmmaker Ben Steele. Others have been for Irish TV and NHK. He has also been named by Sierra Leone’s media regulator as the country Most Outstanding Male Journalist. He has worked as a journalist in various countries around the world - from the Africa to Asia and the United States.
His coverage of the recent political impasse in the West African state of The Gambia which led to regional body ECOWAS sending in troops, has been hailed by many. He was been an activist and leader. At the university he was elected President of the students’ union, and as a journalist he was twice elected President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists.
He is married with four children.