She was re-elected to Parliament in May, 1962 and appointed the first woman Cabinet Minister. She became a close ally of both Sir Milton and Sir Albert. But it was essentially during the brief period of Sir Albert's premiership that she gained a reputation as one of the most powerful members of the Government.
This pioneer of women's liberation in modern Sierra Leone politics went into temporary political limbo after Sir Albert's fall from power, before bouncing back as an APC stalwart and leader of the Moyamba District APC Women's Organization in the early 1970s.
Born in 1921 at Moyamba, Ella was educated at the Harford School for Girls, and the Women Teachers' College, then at Wilberforce. Although she ruled a predominantly Mende chiefdom, Ella Koblo married a powerful Temne Paramount Chief from the North of Sierra Leone, ex-Paramount chief Bai Koblo Pathbana, in 1946. This association may have contributed to the process of national integration.
All who got to know Madam Ella Koblo Gulama for even a brief period were fascinated by her charm, engaging presence and public spiritedness. She was undoubtedly one of the most colorful and resourceful women national figures who have contributed to the political development of Sierra Leone.