Sierra Leone

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INFORMATION

Capital: Freetown

Government: Unitary Presidential Constitutional Republic

Current President: Julius Maada Bio

Economy:

  • While Sierra Leone possesses substantial mineral, agricultural, and fishery resources, its physical and social infrastructure has yet to recover from the civil war, and serious social disorders continue to hamper economic development.
  • Nearly half of the working-age population engages in subsistence agriculture.

Population: 6,312,212 (2018)

Land Size: 71,740 sq km (27,669 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Temne: 35%
  • Mende: 31%
  • Limba: 8%
  • Kono: 5%
  • Kriole: 2% (descendants of freed Jamaican slaves who were settled in the Freetown area in the late-18th century; also known as Krio)
  • Mandingo: 2%
  • Loko: 2%
  • Other: 15% (includes refugees from Liberia’s recent civil war, and small numbers of Europeans, Lebanese, Pakistanis, and Indians)
Religions:

  • Muslim: 60%
  • Christian: 10%
  • Indigenous African Religions: 30%

Language(s):

  • English (official, regular use limited to literate minority)
  • Mende (principle vernacular in the south)
  • Temne (principle vernacular in the north)
  • Krio (English based Creole, spoken by the descendants of freed Jamaican slaves who were settled in the Freetown area, a lingua franca and a first language for 10% of the population but understood by 95%)

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RECENT NEWS

 
  • Fri - Apr 19, 2019: Obba 90th Anniversary Attracts Africell Support - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Concord] The leading mobile operator in Sierra Leone, Africell Mobile Company has extended their magnanimity towards the successful outcome of this year's 90th anniversary of the Old BO Boys Association (OBBA), the fraternity of former pupils of the Bo Government Secondary School for Boys.
  • Fri - Apr 19, 2019: Kenema Women Launch Governance Network - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Concord] Women unite: "Let us not relent and let no man intimidate us and tell us that we are not educated"
  • Fri - Apr 19, 2019: Deputy Speaker to Invite Finance Minister to Parliament - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Concord] Deputy Speaker of the Sierra Leone Parliament, Hon. Segepor Solomon Thomas, has yesterday promised that he would invite the Minister of Finance, Jacob Jusu Saffa, to appear before the House and provide update on the welfare of Members of Parliament.
  • Fri - Apr 19, 2019: Colabo, Esther Michael, Admit Receiving Millions of Leones - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Concord] President of the All Stars, Milton Caulker aka Colabo and Founder and CEO of Music for Girls Initiative for Africa, Esther Micheal, have admitted receiving huge sums of money from the Ministry of Youth Affairs, but stated that they had no knowledge about the Youth in Drainage Project.
  • Fri - Apr 19, 2019: Correctional Service to Install Cameras in All Facilities - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Concord] The newly approved Director-General of the Sierra Leone Correctional Service, Joseph Lamboi, has on Tuesday told Members of Parliament that they have procured cameras that would be installed in all correctional centres across the country.