North West Province, Sierra Leone

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North West province

The North West Province, also known as North Western Province, covers the northwest part of the West African state of Sierra Leone. It is one of the five administrative regions of Sierra Leone. The province was created in 2017 from the Northern Province. The three districts of Kambia, Karine and Port Loko make up the North Western Province of Sierra Leone. The province has a total of 34 Chiefdoms and a population of 1,162,065 inhabitants (as of 2017). The administrative capital of the North West province is Port Loko. The North West province borders the Western Area, the Northern Province, Eastern Province, and the Republic of Guinea

The main economic activities in the North West province is farming, livestock, fishing and natural resources, including rutile, gold, aluminium, bauxite and diamond.

The Temne people is by far the largest single ethnic group in the North West, especially in Port Loko and Karine Districts where the Temne is a large majority. The Temne also form the single largest ethnic group, though short of majority, in Kambia District in the North West. Kambia District is more ethnically diverse and home to a significant ethnic minorities population. Muslims make up the vast majority of the population of the North West province at over 87%. The North West province is home to a significant Christian minority at about 10%.

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