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 Months of the Year Translated in Kono Language
The Days of the Week Translated in Kono
Map of Kono District
Names of Chiefdoms, Paramount Chiefs
|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|
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.
[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.
[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.
[8:30-9:00 p.m.] Evening deepens, but you can still see a little way.
[10:00-11:00 p.m.] Night.
[Midnight] "Midul nεt." Th middle of the night.
[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 http://www.sierra-leone.org/konotime.html (20/03/2015)