by SLAJ |

No, the newly elected president of Liberia, Joseph Nyuma Boakai is not a Sierra Leonean as claimed in a viral social media video.

SLAJ iVerify has fact checked the above claim and found it to be false.


“The newly elected President of Liberia Joseph Nyuma Boakai is a Sierra Leonean” – a viral video claims.

Rating Justification

The SLAJ iVerify has examined a viral 13-second video shared on social media claiming that the newly elected President of Liberia is a Sierra Leonean and found it to be false.

To arrive at this conclusion, our team of fact-checkers conducted an online verification search on the 13 seconds video using various video verification tools including InVid and found a one minutes and fifty-three seconds long video with over  2900 likes posted on Tiktok by Unity Party Tiktok Blog in which the newly appointed Liberian President, Joseph Nyuma Boakai said he speaks Mende and Krio fluently but did not say he’s a Sierra Leonean.

Further research on Google search indicates that Mr. Boakai, is Liberian and not a Sierra Leonean as claimed. He was born on November 30, 1944, in the Liberian village of Worsanga, Foya District, Lofa County and is a member of the Kissi ethnic group in Liberia.

Moreover, Oswald Hanciles, a revered media analyst, teacher, environmentalist, writer and publisher who had previously, work in Liberia when contacted told SLAJ iVerify that although Mr Boakai would have been among the poll of Liberians with some educational trace from Sierra Leone in the last 1940s, he’s not in anyway a Sierra Leonean.