Kenema District

Kenema District is a district in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone. Its capital and largest city is Kenema, which is the third most populous city in Sierra Leone, after Freetown and Bo. Tongo is the second most populous city in the district. Other major towns in Kenema District include Blama and Yomboma. The district is the most populous district in the Eastern province with a population 609,873.[2] Kenema District has an area of 6,053 km2 (2,337 sq mi) and comprises sixteen chiefdoms.

Kenema District
Location of Kenema District in Sierra Leone
Location of Kenema District in Sierra Leone
Coordinates: 7°50′N 11°10′W / 7.833°N 11.167°W / 7.833; -11.167Coordinates: 7°50′N 11°10′W / 7.833°N 11.167°W / 7.833; -11.167
CountrySierra Leone
ProvinceEastern Province
Largest cityKenema
 • TypeDistrict Council
 • Council ChairmanMohamed Amadu Sesay[1] (SLPP)[1]
 • Deputy Council ChairmanMohamed Luseni Sheriff (SLPP)[2]
 (2015 census)[2]
 • Total609,873
 • Rank3rd
Time zoneUTC0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
HDI (2017)0.393[3]
low · 6th

The District of Kenema borders Bo District to the west, the Republic of Liberia to the southeast, Tonkolili District and Kono District to the north, Kailahun District to the east, and Pujehun District to the southwest. The economy of Kenema District is largely based on Farming, Diamond mining and trade.

The Mende is the largest ethnic group in the district, though the district is home to a significant population of many of Sierra Leone"s ethnic groups. The population of Kenema District is majority Muslim, though the district is also home to a significant Christian minority. Like the rest of Sierra Leone, Muslims and Christians collaborate and get along very well in Kenema District.

Kenema District is a political stronghold of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP). Since Independence in 1961 to present, the vast majority of the people of Kenema District support the Sierra Leone People's Party.

Kenema District is the home district of the current Chief Minister of Sierra Leone David J. Francis, who was born and raised in the city of Kenema. Kenema District is also the home district of Mohamed Kallon, who was born in the city of Kenema, and is widely regarded as the most famous Sierra Leonean footballer of all time.

Major townsEdit

Kenema District has four cities with a population of at least 40,000


Kenema District is governed with a district council form of government, which is headed by a District Council Chairman, who is the highest local government official in the district. The District Council Chairman is responsible for the general management of the district. The District Council Chairman is elected directly by the residents of Kenema District every four years. The current District Council Chairman of Kenema District Council is Senesi Manssary of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP), who easily won the 2012 District Chairperson election with 80.30%, defeating his main opponent Doris Saffa Nyangbe of the All People's Congress (APC) who took 15.49%.[1]

Kenema District is a reliable political stronghold of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP), the main opposition party in Sierra Leone. The District overwhelmingly supports the SLPP by a large majority in Presidential, Parliamentary and local councils elections. The SLPP have won every Sierra leone presidential elections in the District by a large majority; including the 2012 Presidential election, when the SLPP presidential candidate Julius Maada Bio won 77.9% of the vote in the District, as he easily defeated the incumbent president Ernest Bai Koroma in the District who took only 18.7%.[4]

Members of ParliamentEdit

Kenema District currently has eleven directly elected Representatives in the Sierra Leone House of Parliament; and ten of the eleven members belong to the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP).

Demographics of Kenema DistrictEdit

The estimated population of Kenema District was 515,461.[5] Kenema District population is ethnically divers, although the Mende people make up the largest ethnic group. The district of Kenema enjoys religious plurality - Muslim and Christians. Since the emergence of the Second Liberian Civil War in 1999, Kenema District along with Bo District served more than 60,000 Liberian refugees

Religion in Kenema District (2015)[6]
Religion Percent(%)
Traditional African Religion
No Religion


Kenema has a mixed economy, made up of gold and diamond mining as well as agricultural production of coffee, cacao and rice.


Kenema is home to Sierra Leonean Premier League club the Kamboi Eagles. The club won the Sierra Leonean FA Cup in 1981, 1985, and 2014.

Notable people from Kenema DistrictEdit

Administrative divisionsEdit


The district is made up of sixteen chiefdoms as the third level of administrative subdivision.

Major townsEdit


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-12-08. Retrieved 2013-11-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2013-12-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
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  5. ^ World Gazetteer: Kenema - profile of geographical entity including name variants[dead link]
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