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: 6,624,933 (2020)

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

 
  • Mon - Jul 6, 2020: Pavi Fort Supports COVID-19 With 2 Billion Leones - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Concord] Alimu Barrie flanked by North East Coordinator, Abu Abu Korma and Tonkolili District Coordinator, Samuel Kamara
  • Mon - Jul 6, 2020: Government to Employ 4000 Health Workers - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Concord] Minister of Health and Sanitation, Professor Alpha Tejan Wurie, yesterday disclosed that government was in the process of recruiting four thousand (4000) health workers to address the health needs of the country.
  • Mon - Jul 6, 2020: Ecobank Holds 32nd AGM, Shareholders Approve Resolutions - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Concord] Ecobank Transnational Incorporated ("ETI"), the parent of the Ecobank Group, the leading pan-African bank with banking operations in 33 countries, concluded its 32nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) & Extraordinary General Meeting in Lagos, Nigeria, on June 30th, according to a release from the bank.
  • Mon - Jul 6, 2020: Education Minister Providing the Leadership for the Reopening of Schools - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Concord] The Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE), Hon. Dr. David Moinina Sengeh is working assiduously together with Senior Management Officials of the Ministry to provide the enabling environment for the reopening of schools for public examinations classes.
  • Fri - Jul 3, 2020: Prescribing a Cure for Sexual and Gender-based Violence - AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone
    [Concord] Kadijatu Madinatu Saccoh was only five years old when her childhood was snatched from her by a relative. Autopsy results indicate that Kadijatu had been raped (allegedly) multiple times, leading to her demise. What followed led me to post on Facebook the following: