Conakry is the capital of Guinea, a country in West Africa. The city sits on the slender Kaloum Peninsula, which extends into the Atlantic Ocean. Just offshore, the Loos Islands are known for their beaches, dense palm forests and water sports. In town, the enormous Grand Mosque has 4 tall, elegant minarets. Next to the mosque, the large Botanical Garden features kapok trees and tropical flowers. Conakry contains a land area of 62 square miles including built-up urbanized locations, within which an estimated 1.7 million residents lived in 2015. Guinea’s capital city represents about 14% of the West African country’s total population of about 12.1 million people.
Historical, Cultural facts & Religion
Conakry was founded on Tombo Island in the same year. In 1895, the country was incorporated into French West Africa. Conakry became the capital of French Guinea in 1904 and prospered as an export port, particularly after a (now closed) railway to Kankan opened the large scale export of groundnut from the interior. Previously known as French Guinea, the country is sometimes also known as Guinea-Conakry for distinction purposes from countries with similar names. The nation has a unique multi-layered culture that has been shaped over time by a wide range of ethnic groups, which have their own beliefs and ways of life. Religious Beliefs In Guinea (Conakry) . Over 85% of the population in Guinea is Muslim while 10% follow various forms of Christian faith. The remaining 5% adhere to traditional indigenous beliefs.
Brief City History
Conakry lies on Tombo (Tumbo) Island and the Camayenne (Kaloum) Peninsula. Founded by the French in 1884, it derived its name from a local village inhabited by the Susu (Soussou) people. Subsequently, it became capital of the protectorate of Rivières du Sud (1891), of the colony of French Guinea (1893), and of independent Guinea (1958). Tombo Island, the site of the original settlement, is linked to the peninsula by a 328-yard (300-metre) causeway; it contains Conakry’s deepwater harbour (accommodating vessels of 36-foot [11-metre] draft), which exports alumina (treated bauxite), bananas, oranges, pineapples, coffee, palm produce, and fish. The port is the terminus of motor roads, a 411-mile (661-km) railroad from Kankan, and a 90-mile (145-km) branch line from Fria. Guinea’s international airport is 9.5 miles (15 km) northeast. Conakry became industrialized in the 1950s with the development of iron mining on the Kaloum Peninsula and the exploitation of bauxite on the nearby Los Islands. Local enterprises include fruit canning, fish packing, printing, automobile assembly, and the manufacture of aluminium utensils and plastics. Major industrial plants, however, lie to the northeast at Sanouya (textiles), Wass Awassa (tobacco and matches), Sofoniya (furniture), Kobala (bricks), Simbala (mining explosives), and Camp Alpha Yaya (shoes and clothing). Conakry is the nation’s educational centre and the seat of the University of Conakry (1962). There are also teacher-training, vocational, nursing, midwifery, and military schools. Conakry’s museum, library, and national archives were established in 1960; its botanical garden at Camayenne (a residential district) was founded by the French. Prominent structures in the city include the National Assembly building (Palais du Peuple), the sports stadium (Stade du 28-Septembre), the monument to anticolonial martyrs, the central mosque, and the Roman Catholic cathedral. There are several distinct quarters, including the Centre (commercial), Boulbinet (with its picturesque fishing harbour), and Administrative sections. Pop. (2004 est.) 1,851,800.
Language (s) Written & Spoken
More than 40 languages are spoken across the country. A legacy of the French rule in Guinea, French is now the official language of Guinea. A number of indigenous languages enjoy the status of national languages in the country. These include the Malinké, Kissi, Toma, Fula, and Kpelle.
Important Types of Commerce in Conakry
Main primary products are Bananas, Bauxite, Cassava, Coffee, Diamonds, Iron Ore, Livestock, Maize, Millet, Palm Oil Products, Pineapples, Rice, Timber. Major industries are Agriculture, Bauxite Refining, Fishing, Mining. Main exports are Alumina, Bananas, Bauxite, Coffee, Diamonds, Palm Products, Pineapples.
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