Moyamba District

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Moyamba District
Location of Moyamba District in Sierra Leone
Location of Moyamba District in Sierra Leone
Coordinates: 8°00′N 12°30′W / 8.000°N 12.500°W / 8.000; -12.500Coordinates: 8°00′N 12°30′W / 8.000°N 12.500°W / 8.000; -12.500
CountrySierra Leone
ProvinceProvince
CapitalMoyamba
Largest cityMoyamba
Government
 • TypeDistrict Council
 • District Council ChairmanJoseph Benedict Mbogba (SLPP)[1]
 • Deputy District Council ChairmanIshmael Momo (SLPP)[2]
Area
 • Total6,902 km2 (2,665 sq mi)
Population
 (2015 census)
 • Total318,064
 • Density46/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Greenwich Mean Time)
HDI (2017)0.364[1]
low · 12th

Moyamba District is the largest district in the Southern Province of Sierra Leone, with a population of 318,064 in the 2015 census.[2][3]

Its capital and largest city is Moyamba.[2][3] The other major towns include Njala, Rotifunk and Shenge.[2][3] The district is the largest in the Southern Province by geographical area, occupying a total area of 6,902 km2 (2,665 sq mi) and comprises fourteen chiefdoms.[2][3]

Moyamba District borders the Atlantic Ocean in the west, Port Loko District and Tonkolili District to the north, Bo District to the east and Bonthe District to the south.[2][3] The main economic activities include mining (rutile and bauxite), fishing, rice growing and oil palm plantations.[2][3]

Moyamba District is predominantly inhabited by the Mende people, though there is a large population of other ethnic groups in the district.[2][3]

Moyamba District is the birthplace of many of the country's notable leaders and politicians who helped gain independence in 1961. They are listed below.

Administrative divisions

Chiefdoms

The district is made up of fourteen chiefdoms as the third level of administrative subdivision; they are listed with their capitals:

Notable people from Moyamba District

Luseni Alfred Morlu Brewah- Attorney General, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

References

  1. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Taylor, Bankole Kamara (February 2014). "Sierra Leone: The Land, Its People and History". New Africa Pres. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Manson, Katrina; Knight, James (2009-05-15). "Sierra Leone". Bradt Travel Guides. Retrieved 2018-07-19.