Moyamba

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Moyamba
Moyamba is located in Sierra Leone
Moyamba
Moyamba
Location in Sierra Leone
Coordinates: 8°09′38″N 12°26′0″W / 8.16056°N 12.43333°W / 8.16056; -12.43333Coordinates: 8°09′38″N 12°26′0″W / 8.16056°N 12.43333°W / 8.16056; -12.43333
Country Flag of Sierra Leone.svg Sierra Leone
Province Southern Province
District Moyamba District
Population (2004)
 • Total 11,485
Time zone GMT (UTC-5)

Moyamba is the capital and largest city of Moyamba District, in the Southern Province of Sierra Leone, with a population of 11,485 in the 2004 census.. The population of the city is ethnically diverse, although the Mende people make up the majority. The city is home to the Hatford Secondary School for girls, which is one of the elite secondary schools in Sierra Leone. The school attract some of the most gifted students from all parts of Sierra Leone and abroad. The school is an all-girls secondary school, and the students are in a boarding home in the school campus. The city has a history of producing some of Sierra Leone's most prominent politicians, including the country's first president Siaka Stevens.

Like the rest of the country, football is the most popular sport in Moyamba. The biggest and most popular club from the city is the Yambatui Stars, which currently plays in Sierra Leone second division.

Ethnicity[edit]

Moyamba is an ethnic diverse city, although the Mende make up the largest population. The most widely spoken language in the city is Krio and the Mende language.

Sport[edit]

Like the rest of the country, football is the most popular sport in Moyamba. The biggest and most popular club from the city is the Yambatui Stars, which currently plays in Sierra Leone second division.

Media[edit]

Radio Modcar 94.8is the local radio station in the city, Sierra Leone's national radio and television stations, SLBS TV, and SLBS Radio are on the air in Moyamba.

Notable people from Moyamba[edit]

  • Sir Milton Margai, lead Sierra Leone to independence and was prime minister from 1962-1963
  • Sir Albert Margai, prime minister of Sierra Leone from 1964-1967
  • Siaka Stevens, president of Sierra Leone from 1971-1985
  • Banja Tejan-Sie, Sierra Leone governor general from 1967-1968
  • Madam Ella Koblo Gulama, prominent Sierra Leonean politician and the first woman to be elected in the parliament and the first woman to be elected as cabinet minister