Influential people: Ernest Bai Koroma
Ernest Bai Koroma is the president of Sierra Leone. It takes tremendous influence to steer the transformation of a country emerging from an extremely brutal conflict into a model of democracy and economic growth. Koroma has rallied his people and his nation’s external partners behind a vision to turn around his country, which just seven years ago was seen as a failed state. In November’s elections, he comfortably secured a second mandate to continue his fight against corruption and build on his success in promoting peace, democracy and transparency. He is one of the African leaders to watch this decade.