Location of Koinadugu District in Sierra Leone
|• Type||District Council|
|• District Council Chairman||Sheku Kamara (APC)|
|• Total||12,121 km2 (4,680 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||33/km2 (86/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Greenwich Mean Time (UTC-5)|
Koinadugu District is a district in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone. It is by far the largest District in Sierra Leone in geographical area. Its capital and largest city is Kabala, which is also one of the main cities in Northern Sierra Leone. The District of Koinadugu has a population of 404,097, based on the 2015 Sierra Leone national census; and has a total area of 12,121 km2 (4,680 sq mi). Koinadugu District is subdivided into eleven chiefdoms.
The District of Koinadugu borders Bombali on the west, Tonkolili District to the south-west, Kono District to the south and the Republic of Guinea to north east. Diamond mining is a major economic activity in the district, as well as agricultural production of rice, mango, cacao, and coconut.
The population of Koinadugu district is almost entirely made up of five main ethnic groups: the Kuranko, Mandingo, Fula, Limba, and Yalunka. These five ethnic groups are politically and culturally influential in Koinadugu District. Koinadugu District is overwhelmingly Muslim majority, and Islam dominates the religious and cultural practices in the district.
The District of Koinadugu is governed with a district council form of government, which is headed by a District Council Chairman, who is responsible for the general management of the district and for seeing that all local laws are enforced. The District Council Chairman is elected directly by the residents of Koinadugu District. The Council Hall of Koinadugu District located in the district capital of Kabala. The current chairman of Koinadugu district council is Sheku Samuel Kamara of the All People's Congress (APC).
The district is made up of eleven chiefdoms as the third level of administrative subdivision.
Koinadugu District is by far the largest district in Sierra Leone and with an estimated population of 265,765. The major ethnic groups in the district are the Fula (who predominate in the district's largest city of Kabala), Kuranko (who predominate in the chiefdoms), Mandingo and Limba and Yalunka (predominant in Musaia and Falaba areas bordering the republic of Guinea (Conakry)).
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Gold mining is a major economic activity in the district, as well as agricultural productivity such as rice, mango, beans, cattle rearing, to name but few.
- "The fight to save the last Ebola-free district in Sierra Leone" by Todd C. Frankel, Washington Post, October 10 2014