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Kono Language

The Kono people (pronounced koh noh) is a major ethnic group in Sierra Leone at about 7.6% of the country's total population. Their homeland is the diamond-rich Kono District in south-eastern Sierra Leone. The Kono are primarily diamond miners and farmers.

The Kono people speak the Kono language as their first language and is the most widely spoken language among the Kono people. The Kono people are the descendants of Mali/Guinean migrants who are said to have moved to Sierra Leone and settled in what is now Kono District in the mid-16th century, however there is archaeological evidence of settlement in Kono District as far back as 2200 B.C.[1] Kono history claims that the Kono were once a powerful people in Mali and Guinea. The Kono migrated to Sierra Leone as peaceful hunters. The tribe was split during partitioning of Africa by European colonists and part of the tribe still exists in neighbouring Guinea. Attacks from the related Mende people forced the Kono to seek refuge in the Koranko territory to the north, where they were allowed to farm the land. The Mende eventually moved further south, and the Kono returned to their own land in the south-east. (20/03/2015)

The Months of the Year Translated in Kono Language

No Months in English Months in Kono
1   January   Dondomakoneh
2   February   Dondomba
3   March   Nyawai
4   April   Bukuu
5   May   Koo
6   June   Sosoe
7   July   Naloeh
8   August   Tafae
9   September   Saah
10   October   Cheche
11   November   Pondo
12   December   Pegbaa

The Days of the Week Translated in Kono

No Days in English Days in Kono
1   Sunday   Tenekangodoe
2   Monday   Tehneh
3   Tuesday   Taar
4   Wednesday   Adawa
5   Thursday   Amusa
6   Friday   Juma
7   Saturday   Simbii

Map of Kono District

Names of Chiefdoms, Paramount Chiefs
and Speakers of Kono District

No Chiefdom Paramount Chief (PC) Chiefdom Speaker
1   Fiama   Sahr Kontaday Mbriwa   S. A. G. Fomba
2   Gbane   Aiah Fenfa Kongor Bindi   Allieu Konkuwa (Ag)
3   Gbane Kandor   Edward Mbawa   Kwigba K. Sansie
4   Gbense   Sahr Fengai Kaimanchende   Aiah M. Kamanda
5   Gorama   Sahr Cyrus Ngebuva Konobundor   Kai William Konoboy (Ag)
6   Kamaa   Melvin Ngekia   Aiah Umaru Samuga (Ag)
7   Lei   Sahr Keletie Mani   Joseph Mbowa
8   Mafindor   Abu Kongoba   S. A. Suluku
9   Nimikor   Aiah Denton Bona   Abdulai Komasi
10   Nimiyama   Bockarie Torto   Philip Koroma
11   Sandor   Sheku Tejan Fasuluku   F. T. Kakamoi (Ag)
12   Soa   Tamba Emmanuel Foryoh   Martin T. Kawoh
13   Tankor   Paul Ngaba Saquee (V)   Sahr Borbor Gando
14   Toil   Abu D. Soloko   Tamba B. K. Lansana

Village Names

BAIAMA, Tankor Chiefdom, Kono District. The town is located on the river Baia.

BANDAKORO, Tankor Chiefdom, Kono District. Means "under the big cotton tree."

CHEGBASIMA, Sandor Chiefdom, Kono District. "Place where the penis is beaten." It is a very remote village. In the days when people still wore loincloths, the penis would swing back and forth and knock against legs before one reached it.

FAAKOR, Soa Chiefdom, Kono District. From "Faa" (elephant grass) and "kor" (under). Under the elephant grass.

FAAMA, Soa Chiefdom, Kono District. "Faa" is from "faagbaneh", or an area of ground covered by a rock, and "ma" means place. The village was founded next to a rock floor which people use for a variety of purposes.

FOINDU, Kamaa Chiefdom, Kono District. "Foin" for "beg (ask for)" and "du" for village. People originally asked for land to farm, and this eventually became a village settlement.

GBANFAOR, Sandor Chiefdom, Kono District. From "Gbanfa" meaning "trousers" and "A or" meaning "in it" - inside the trousers. This village was named in humorous response to Koakor in Gbense Chiefdom, meaning "inside a woman's lapa."

KAINKORDU, Soa Chiefdom, Kono District. From "Kaineh" (money), "kor" (under) and "du" (village). Named for the sacred cotton tree in the late Paramount Chief Gbenda's compound where, according to legend, people used to find coins. One story relates that the town was founded by a farmer named Kainba from the nearby town of Kundima who had a farm and baffa at the site of present-day Kainkordu. Eventually he built a house there and others followed him. The town became Kainbadu. Then a Gbenda warrior came along and drove the farmer out. He changed the name to Kainkordu so there would be no reminder of the original settler. Kainkordu is the headquarters town for Soa Chiefdom.

KAMADU, Soa Chiefdom, Kono District. "Kama" (top) and "du" (village). The founder of the village was known for his skill at tops, a gambling game.

KAYIMA, Sando Chiefdom, Kono District. The name means "by the Kayi River." This town is the chiefdom headquarters of Sando Chiefdom, the biggest and richest chiefdom in the Kono District of Sierra Leone. It was nicknamed "Kono London" in the 1950s because it was the cleanest town and well planned with street names.

KOARDU, Gbane-Kandor Chiefdom, Kono District. "Koa" (big rice) plus "du" (village). The headquarters of Gbane-Kandor Chiefdom, named because it produces abundant rice crops.

KOMENDECHA, Kamaa Chiefdom, Kono District. From "koεε" for "rice"; "mendε", a small knife; and "ya", to take. Rice which is harvested with a small knife. The small village grew out of a farm.

KOAKOR, Gbense Chiefdom, Kono District. Means a settlement under a large tree called a "koakonε". Also has a second meaning meaning "under a woman's lapa". Another village, Gbanfaor, was named in response to this second meaning.

KOQUIMA, Kono District. The original spelling was "Koakoyima," meaning a waterside to wash clothes.

SAMBAYA, Mafindor Chiefdom, Kono District. A long time ago the inhabitants of the town asked their loved ones to bring them a souvenir upon their return. The meaning in Krio ("Send for me" or "samba me"), Sambaya in Kissi means just that, and it became the name of the town.

TEFEYA, Sando Chiefdom, Kono District, was one of the richest mining bases for the National Diamond Mining Company (SLST/NDMC) and hence very metropolitan. Just a few meters from its southern flank passes the Baffin River, which brings in rich deposits of gold and diamonds. The name "Tefeya" bears its significance in the historic peaceful abode for warriors who came to settle after tribal wars. (Tefeeh, in Kono, expresses the softness of a gentle breeze.) Hence the metropolitan aspect can be traced far back into the background of local chiefdom warriors who came to find rest after conquests, or defeats. The great River Baffin provided a barrier against invaders coming in from Nimiyama or Nimikor.

WOAMA, Tankor Chiefdom, Kono District. "By the Woa River."

YAGBYA, Nimikor Chiefdom, Kono District. From three words, "yaa" for "lion"; "gbee" meaning "path"; and "ya" meaning "on". The town used to be in thick forest, and the assumption is that the town was founded by a hunter who built it on the lion's path.

Telling Time in Kono

[6:00-7:00 a.m.] Dawn. The sun has not yet risen. (See also the end of the list.)

soma tee kena
[8:00-8:30 a.m.] The sun is bright and warm.

tee tε
[Noon] The sun is in the middle.

tee kun tε
[Noon] The sun is in the middle of the head.

tee a kanda fea ma
[Noon] "San dn ikwa pan tu." The sun has divided the sky into two equal halves.

tee kכ kaima
[2:00-2:30 p.m.] "San dn balans." The sun has "tilted" out of the centre of the sky.

tee munda
[3:30-4:00 p.m.] "San dכn tכn." The sun has turned toward its downward course.

tee siia kכngכ a
[4:00-6:00 p.m.] "San sidכn na hil." The sun is resting on the hill.

tee bea ma
[7:00-8:00 p.m.] "San fכdכn." Sunset.

boo a finε ma
[8:00-8:30 p.m.] "Dak de na di han." There is darkness in your hand. Dusk.

fitii ma
[8:30-9:00 p.m.] Evening deepens, but you can still see a little way.

[10:00-11:00 p.m.] Night.

su tε
[Midnight] "Midul nεt." Th middle of the night.

saiima pimbi
[4:00-5:00 a.m.] Morning darkness.

banda כ kadama
[6:00 a.m.] "Do klin." Dawn.

[6:00-7:00 a.m.] Same as banda כ kadama and sכsoma.

As sighted from (20/03/2015)

Chiefdom & Headquarter Towns In Each District

Know your Chiefdom & Headquarter Town in your District. The districts of Sierra Leone are divided into 149 chiefdoms of chieftaincies, as listed below as of 2011.


(I) Kailahun District:
1. Dea – Baiwala
2. Jaluahun – Segbwema
3. Jawei – Daru
4. Kissi Kama – Dea
5. Kissi Teng – Kangama
6. Kissi Tongi – Buedu
7. Luawa – Kailahun
8. Malema – Jojoima
9. Mandu – Mobai
10. Peje Bongre – Manowa
11. Peje West – Bunumbu
12. Penguia – Sandaru
13. Upper Bambara – Pendembu
14. Yawei – Bandajuma

(II) Kenema District:
1. Dama – Giema
2. Dodo – Dodo
3. Gaura – Joru
4. Gorama Mende – Tungie
5. Kandu Lekpiama – Gbado
6. Koya – Baoma
7. Langurama – Ya Baima
8. Lower Bambara – Panguma
9. Malegohun – Sembehun
10. Niawa – Sundumei
11. Nomo – Faama
12. Nongowa – Kenema
13. Simbaru – Boajibu
14. Small Bo – Blama
15. Tunkia – Gorahun
16. Wando – Faala

(III) Kono District:
1. Fiama – Njagbwema
2. Gbane Kandor – Koardu
3. Gbane – Ngandorhun
4. Gbense – Yardu
5. Gorama Kono – Kangama
6. Kamaa– Tombodu
7. Lei – Siama
8. Mafindor – Kamiendor
9. Nimikor – Njaiama
10. Nimiyama – Sewafe
11. Sandor – Kayima
12. Soa – Kainkordu
13. Tankor – New Sembehun
14. Toli – Kondewakor


(I) Bombali District:
1. Biriwa – Kamabai
2. Bombali Shebora – Makeni
3. Gbanti Kamaranka – Kamaranka
4. Gbendembu Ngowahun – Kalangba
5. Libeisaygahun – Batkanu
6. Magbaiamba Ndowahun – Hunduwa
7. Makari Gbanti – Masongbon
8. Paki Massabong – Mapaki
9. Safroko Limba – Binkolo
10. Sanda Loko – Kamalo
11. Sanda Tenraren – Mateboi
12. Sella Limba – Kamakwie
13. Tambakha – Fintonia

(II) Kambia District:

1. Briama – Kukuna
2. Gbinle Dixing – Tawaya
3. Magbema – Kambia
4. Mambolo – Mambolo
5. Masungbala – Kawulia
6. Samu – Kychum
7. Tonko Limba – Madina

(III) Koinadugu District:
1. Dembelia Sikunia – Sikunia
2. Diang – Kondembaia
3. Folasaba – Musaia
4. Kasunko – Fadugu
5. Mongo – Bendugu
6. Neya – Krubola
7. Nieni – Yiffin
8. Sengbe – Yogomaia
9. Sulima – Falaba
10. Wara-Wara Bafodea – Bafodea
11. Wara-Wara Yagala – Gbawuria

(IV) Port Loko District:
1. Bureh Kaseh – Mange
2. Buya Romende – Foredugu
3. Debia – Gbinti
4. Kaffu Bullom – Mahera
5. Loko Massama – Petifu
6. Maforki – Port Loko
7. Marampa – Lunsar
8. Masimera – Masimera
9. Koyo – Songo
10. Sanda Magbolontor – Sendugu
11. T.M. Safroko – Miraykulay

(V) Tonkolili District:
1. Gbonkolenken – Yele
2. Kafe Simiria – Mabonto
3. Kalansongoia – Bumbuna
4. Kholifa Mabang – Mabang
5. Kholifa Rowalla – Magburaka
6. Kunike – Masingbi
7. Kunike Barina – Makali
8. Malal Mara – Rochin
9. Sambaia – Bendugu
10. Tane – Matotoka
11. Yoni – Yoni Bana


(I) Bo District:
1. Badjia – Ngelehun
2. Bagbo – Jimmi
3. Bagbwe – Ngarlu
4. Baoma – Baoma
5. Bumpe–Gao – Bumpe
6. Gbo – Gbo
7. Jaiama Bongor – Telu
8. Kakua – Kakua
9. Komboya – Njala
10. Lugbu – Sumbuya
11. Niawa Lenga – Nengbema
12. Selenga – Dambala
13. Tikonko – Tikonko
14. Valunia – Mongere
15. Wonde – Gboyama

(II) Bonthe District
1. Bendu – Cha Bendu
2. Bum – Madina
3. Dema – Tissana
4. Imperri – Gbangbama
5. Jong – Mattru
6. Kpanda – Kemo Motuo
7. Kwamebai Krim – Benduma
8. Nongoba Bullom – Gbap
9. Sittia – Yonni
10. Sogbini – Tihun
11. Yawbeko – Talia

(III) Moyamba District:
1. Bagruwa – Sembehun
2. Banta – Gbangbantoke
3. Bumpe – Rotifunk
4. Dasse – Mano
5. Fakunya – Gandohun
6. Kagboro – Shenge
7. Kaiyamba – Moyamba
8. Kamajei – Senehun
9. Kongbora – Bauya
10. Kori – Taiama
11. Kowa – Njama
12. Ribbi – Bradford
13. Timdale – Bomotoke
14. Upper Banta – Mokelle

(IV) Pujehun District:
1. Barri – Potoru
2. Gallines Perri – Blama
3. Kpaka – Masam
4. Kpanga Kabonde – Pujehun
5. Makpele – Zimmi
6. Malen – Sahn
7. Mano Sakrim – Gbonjema
8. Panga Krim – Gobaru
9. Peje – Futta
10. Soro Gbema – Fairo
11. Sowa – Bandajuma
12. Yekomo Kpukumu Krim – Karlu




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