Port Loko

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Port Loko
Port Loko, Sierra Leone
Port Loko is located in Sierra Leone
Port Loko
Location in Sierra Leone
Coordinates: 8°46′0″N 12°47′15″W / 8.76667°N 12.78750°W / 8.76667; -12.78750Coordinates: 8°46′0″N 12°47′15″W / 8.76667°N 12.78750°W / 8.76667; -12.78750
Country Flag of Sierra Leone.svg Sierra Leone
Province Northern Province
District Port Loko District
Population
 • Total 23,915
Time zone GMT (UTC-5)

Port Loko is the capital and second largest town of Port Loko District in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone. The town had a population of 21,961 in the 2004 census[1] and current estimate of 23,915. Port Loko lies approximately 45 miles east of Freetown. The area in and around Port Loko is a major bauxite mining and trade centre. The town lies on the main highway linking Freetown to Guinea's capital Conakry.

The population of Port Loko is largely from the Temne ethnic group. The Temne language along with the Krio language are widely spoken in the town.

Port Loko is home to the Port Loko Teacher's College, one of the oldest and best known colleges in Sierra Leone. Port Loko has its own local radio station called Radio Bankasoka.[2][3]

Port Loko has its own football club named the Bai Bureh Warriors of Port Loko, which is one of the oldest and most famous football clubs in Sierra Leone. The club currently plays in the Sierra Leone National First Division, the second highest football league in Sierra Leone.

Geography[edit]

Port Loko lies on the Bankasoka River estuary, at about the limit of tidal effects.

History[edit]

Port Loko gets its name from the Loko people. The town was established by Portuguese merchants. However, the Temne people subsequently came to dominate the area.[4]

Ethnicity[edit]

The population of Port Loko is ethnically diverse, although the Temne ethnic group predominate, and the Temne language is widely spoken among the people of Port Loko, along with the Krio, the national language of Sierra Leone.

Sport[edit]

Port Loko has a football club named the Bai Bureh Warriors. The club currently plays in the Sierra Leone National First Division, the second highest football league in Sierra Leone.

Education[edit]

Like the rest of Sierra Leone, Port Loko has an education system with six years of primary school (Class 1–6), and six years of secondary school (Form 1–6); secondary schools are further divided into Junior secondary school (Form 1–3) and Senior secondary school (Form 4–6). Primary schools usually start from ages 6 to 12, and secondary schools usually start from ages 13 to 18. Primary Education is free and compulsory in government-sponsored public schools. The Port Loko Teacher's College, one of the major colleges in Sierra Leone is located in the city.

Notable people from Port Loko[edit]

  • Sorie Ibrahim Koroma, Vice President of Sierra Leone from 1971–1986
  • Ibrahim Kemoh Sesay,Sierra Leonean politician
  • Alhaji Alpha Sahid Bakar Kanu,Sierra Leonea Politician from Port Loko District

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Source: Republic of Sierra Leone: 2004 Population and Housing Census: Analytical Report on Population Distribution, Migration and Urbanisation in Sierra Leone.
    Ibrahim Mohamed Sesay, Andrew A. Karam, Jinnah J. Ngobeh. Published November 2006.
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  4. ^ Fyfe, Christopher (1962). A Short History of Sierra Leone. London: Longmans. 

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