Princess Sarah Culberson


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Princess Sarah Culberson


Princess Sarah Culberson was adopted one year after her first birthday by a loving, white West Virginia couple and raised in the United States with little knowledge of her ancestry.

In 2004 Princess Sarah took the journey to Sierra Leone to meet her birth father and family and discovered she was considered a mahaloi, the child of a Paramount Chief, with the status of a princess. After going to Sierra Leone and seeing the aftermath of an 11-year civil war she co-founded Sierra Leone Rising, a non-profit to support the community. Princess Sarah shared her story in a book she co-authored titled, “A Princess Found”. Her story has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, BBC radio, LA Times, Singapore News, and many other media outlets. Her passion for education does not stop with Sierra Leone; as Director of Outreach at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles, Princess Sarah works daily with middle and high school students.


“Your voice connects the world and makes a difference.”

Sierra Leone Rising

Fostering Education, Public Health & Female Empowerment

After discovering that she was related to African royalty, a ruling Mende family in Sierra Leone and she was considered a mahaloi, Princess Sarah co-founded the non-profit Sierra Leone Rising with her brother Hindo. Formed in 2006 to support education, and the rebuilding of Bumpe High School after the 11 year Blood Diamond war, the organization has now expanded its mission to include female empowerment and public health in the Bumpe Chiefdom of 44,000 people with the goal to expand the work throughout the country.

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Mask on Africa

Spreading Awareness About Masks in order to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

MASK ON AFRICA is a campaign to spread awareness and encourage people across the continent to wear masks in order to slow the spread of Coronavirus. It’s been shown that wearing masks when out in public and in social situations can protect the wearer, as well as those around them, from Covid-19. In tandem with thorough hand washing, wearing a cloth mask over your mouth and nose is one of the easiest ways to stay safe and healthy during these times.

Launched by Princess Sarah and her brother Hindo Kposowa in Sierra Leone, MASK ON AFRICA’s goal is to get everyone unified and working together to share this message across the continent. For more information on the campaign and how to get involved, please go to


“If it doesn’t MAKE a DIFFERENCE, it’s not worth DOING.”

Invite Princess Sarah to Speak

Invite Princess Sarah to Speak at your Next Event

Princess Sarah is a humanitarian and an author; a charismatic, energizing, and engaging speaker who delivers powerful and serious messages with warmth and humor. Princess Sarah covers a variety of topics including education and community outreach, diversity and inclusion, adoption, finding your roots, overcoming your fears to live your dreams, women and girls conversations, and her experience as an African Princess. She is available for public speaking engagements and appearances for schools, businesses, and organizations.


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Princess Sarah's story has been featured nationally and internationally around the world.

Princess Sarah Culberson’s story has been featured nationally and internationally in The Singapore News, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, BBC radio, NPR, “Oprah and Friends” radio show, and in magazines such as Reader’s Digest, Newsweek, People, and Glamour. She also appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, Inside Edition, and more. Culberson’s book, A Princess Found, co-written with Tracy Trivas and published by St. Martin’s Press, was released in Barnes and Noble and other bookstores in 2009 and has been used at Pepperdine University in an ethnic identity class.

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