Kenema is the second largest city in Sierra Leone (after Freetown), and the largest city in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone. The city is the capital of Kenema District and is a major economic center of the Eastern Province. Kenema was previously the third largest city in Sierra Leone, However, after the 2015 Sierra Leone national census, Kenema over took Bo as Sierra Leone's second largest city. The city of Kenema had a population of 200,354, based on the 2015 Sierra Leone national census. Kenema lies approximately 300 kilometres (185 mi) by road south-east of Freetown  and about 60 kilometres (40 mi) south of Bo.
|Kenema, Sierra Leone|
|• Type||City Council|
|• Mayor||Joseph Samba Kaifala (SLPP)|
|• Deputy Mayor||Esther Kaisamba (SLPP)|
|• Governing Body||Kenema City Council|
|Population (2015 census)|
|Time zone||GMT (UTC-5)|
Kenema is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in Sierra Leone and is home to significant numbers of many of the country's ethnic groups. The Krio language is by far the most widely spoken language in the city, and is the primary language of communication in the city.
The city of Kenema is one of Sierra Leone's six municipalities and is governed by a directly elected city council form of government, headed by a mayor, in whom executive authority is vested. The mayor is responsible for the general management of the city. The mayor and members of the Kenema City Council are directly elected every four years in a municipal election. The current mayor of Kenema is Joseph Samba Kaifala of the Sierra Leone People's Party, who was elected mayor in the 2012 Kenema Mayoral election with 74.99%. Kenema is a political stronghold of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP), the main opposition party in Sierra Leone.
Like the rest of Sierra Leone, football is by far the most popular sport in the city. The Sierra Leone professional club called the Kamboi Eagles, which is based in Kenema, represent the city in the Sierra Leone National Premier League.
Kenema has a strong history of being the hometown of some of Sierra Leone's most famous international soccer stars. Sierra Leone's highest profile athlete and its most famous retired international soccer star Mohamed Kallon is from Kenema. Other notable Sierra Leonean international footballers from Kenema include Sierra Leone's current top striker Kei Kamara, others include retired Sierra Leonean International soccer stars Paul Kpaka, Kemokai Kallon and Musa Kallon.
2014 Ebola outbreakEdit
The city of Kenema is one of Sierra Leone's six municipalities and is governed with a city council form of government, which is headed by a mayor, in whom executive authority is vested. The mayor is responsible for the general management of the city. The mayor is elected directly by the residents of Kenema in a municipal elections held every four years. The current mayor of Kenema is Joseph Samba Keifala, a member of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP), who won the 2012 Kenema Mayorship election with 74.99%, defeating his main opponent Ishmail Sesay of the APC, who took 19.36%. Kenema is a political stronghold of the SLPP party, the main opposition party in Sierra Leone.
Kenema is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in Sierra Leone. The city is home to all of the country's ethnic groups, though the Mende people make up the largest ethnic group.
As in the rest of Sierra Leone, Kenema has an education system with six years of primary school (Class 1-6), and six years of secondary school (Form 6-12); secondary schools are further divided into Junior secondary school (Form 1-3) and Senior secondary school (Form 4-6). Primary schools usually start from ages 6 to 12, and secondary schools usually start from ages 13 to 18. Primary Education is free and compulsory in government-sponsored public schools. Prominent schools in Kenema include the Kenema Government Secondary School (GSSK), The Holy Trinity Secondary School, Ahmadiyya Secondary School, Holy Rosary Secondary School, and Islamic Secondary School.
The Eastern Polytechnic situated at the main Combema Road is the highest learning institution in the city, offering certificates and degree courses.
Kenema and Bo are endemic areas for a highly contagious tropical hemorragic fever known as Lassa fever. The Kenema Government Hospital is the centre of an international effort to combat the disease with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAMSIL. New laboratories to improve rapid diagnosis are being installed at the hospital, which admits between 250 and 500 suspected cases per year.
The city is served by the Kenema Airport.
As in the rest of the country, football is by far the most popular sport in Kenema. The city two popular football clubs, the Kamboi Eagles and Gem Stars play in the Sierra Leone National Premier League, the top football league in country.
The five main radio stations in Kenema are Eastern Radio 101.9, Radio Nongowa - SPIN FM 101.3, City Radio 103.3, Starline Radio 98.4 and Sierra Leone's national radio and television stations, SLBS TV, and SLBS Radio are on the air in Kenema. The BBC World Service, CNN International, and several other international stations are on the air in Kenema on satellite only.
- Mohamed Kallon, football star
- Emmerson, musician
- Paul Kpaka, football star
- Alpha Lansana, football star
- Kei Kamara, football star
- Brima Sesay, football star
- Kemokai Kallon, football star
- Musa Kallon, football manager
- Dr Salia Jusu-Sheriff, former vice president of Sierra Leone and first West African chartered accountant
- J. B. Dauda, a former Sierra Leonean politician
- Professor David John Francis, current Chief Minister of Sierra Leone, and former Head of Peace Department at Bradford University UK.
There are a number of places in Sierra Leone with this name.
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