The law provides that:
2. Citizenship by birth
Every person who, having been born in Sierra Leone before the nineteenth day of April, 1971, or who was resident in Sierra Leone on the eighteenth day of April, 1971, and not the subject of any other State shall, on the nineteenth day of April, 1971, be deemed tobe a citizen of Sierra Leone by birth:
(a) his father or his grandfather was born in Sierra Leone; and
(b) he is a person of negro African descent;
Amended by the 2006 Citizenship Amendment Act to remove gender discrimination for those born in the country, but not the requirement for « negro African descent ». Amended in 2017 to remove gender discrimination for those born outside Sierra Leone.