Nkayi, Republic of the Congo
|Country||Republic of the Congo|
|• Total||7.6 km2 (2.9 sq mi)|
|Elevation||181 m (594 ft)|
|• Density||9,400/km2 (24,000/sq mi)|
Nkayi is a major sugar production centre in the country.
Situated in the fertile Niari Valley, the town was named Jacob in 1887. That was the name of the French engineer who led the first mission to select the best route for the Congo-Ocean Railway. Then the city began growing thanks to the thriving sugar cane plantations led by important agroindustries. In 1975, Jacob had a population of 25,000, and its name was changed to the native one of Nkayi.
The city is the fourth largest town in the Republic of the Congo since 1980.
Since 2004, Nkayi has got the status of commune and is divided in two urban districts (arrondissements):
- Mouana Nto (Mouana Ntô)
- Decalo S., Thompson V. & Adloff R. 1984. Historical dictionary of Congo Pg 218-219. USA: The Scarecrow Press, Inc