John Joseph Akar (1927–1975) was a Sierra Leonean entertainer, writer, and diplomat. He served as Sierra Leonean ambassador to the United States. Today, he is probably best known for composing the music of Sierra Leone’s National Anthem.
John Akar, an actor who was Ambassador to the United States in 1969 and High Commissioner to Canada and Jamaica in 1970 from his native Sierra Leone, died June 23 of a heart ailment in Jamaica, where he lived. His age was 48.