- Nkayi, Congo
Nkayi Coordinates: 4°10′S 13°8′E / 4.167°S 13.133°E Country Republic of the Congo Region Bouenza Region Commune Nkayi Population (2005) - Total 56,700
Nkayi is a town and a commune in the Bouenza Department of the Republic of the Congo. It is the country's fourth largest city with a population of 56,700 (2005 census).
Nkayi is a major sugar production centre in the country.
The city is served by a station on the national railway network, the Congo-Ocean Railway. It is home to the Nkayi Airport (NKY).
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):
- 1st Mouana Nto
- 2nd Soulaka
- Decalo S., Thompson V. & Adloff R. 1984. Historical dictionary of Congo Pg 218-219. USA: The Scarecrow Press, Inc
- Bouenza Department
- Communes of the Republic of the Congo
- Populated places in the Republic of the Congo
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