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Tokeh, Sierra Leone
|Western Area Rural District
|• Town Head
|Alhaji James Slow
Tokeh Also known as Tokeh Town is a coastal resort town along the peninsula in the Western Area Rural District of Sierra Leone. Tokeh lies approximately twenty miles east of Freetown and near the neighborhood town of York. The major economic activity in Tokeh is fishing and tourism.
A resort town, often called a resort city or resort destination, is an urban area where tourism or vacationing is the primary component of the local culture and economy. A typical resort town has one or more actual resorts in the surrounding area. Sometimes the term resort town is used simply for a locale popular among tourists. The term can also refer to either an incorporated or unincorporated contiguous area where the ratio of transient rooms, measured in bed units, is greater than 60% of the permanent population.
A peninsula is a landform surrounded by water on the majority of its border while being connected to a mainland from which it extends. The surrounding water is usually understood to be continuous, though not necessarily named as a single body of water. Peninsulas are not always named as such; one can also be a headland, cape, island promontory, bill, point, or spit. A point is generally considered a tapering piece of land projecting into a body of water that is less prominent than a cape. A river which courses through a very tight meander is also sometimes said to form a "peninsula" within the loop of water. In English, the plural versions of peninsula are peninsulas and, less commonly, peninsulae.
The Western Area Rural District is one of the sixteen districts of Sierra Leone. It is located mostly around the peninsula in the Western Area of Sierra Leone. The Western Area Rural District has a 2015 census population of 442,951. The district capital and largest city is Waterloo. Other major towns in the district include Newton, Benguema, Leicester, Tombo and Regent. Most of the towns and villages in the Western area rural District are within close proximity to the capital Freetown; and are part of the Freetown Metropolitan Area.
Tokeh is home to a large resort of sand beaches known collectively as Tokeh Beach, which attract a large number of tourists to the town . The Tokeh beach is one of the largest and most attractive beaches in West Africa. Tokeh is also known for its mountains, forests, resort hotels, and nearby Tokeh Island, an uninhabited island a short boat ride from Tokeh town.
Sand is a granular material composed of finely divided rock and mineral particles. It is defined by size, being finer than gravel and coarser than silt. Sand can also refer to a textural class of soil or soil type; i.e., a soil containing more than 85 percent sand-sized particles by mass.
West Africa is the westernmost region of Africa. The United Nations defines Western Africa as the 16 countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, the Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo, as well as the United Kingdom Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. The population of West Africa is estimated at about 362 million people as of 2016.
An island or isle is any piece of sub-continental land that is surrounded by water. Very small islands such as emergent land features on atolls can be called islets, skerries, cays or keys. An island in a river or a lake island may be called an eyot or ait, and a small island off the coast may be called a holm. A grouping of geographically or geologically related islands is called an archipelago, such as the Philippines.
Tokeh is a predominantly Muslim town, and its people are ethnically diverse among Krio. Temne, Loko, Sherbro, Mandingo, Limba, Mende and Fula. Tokeh is a principle home of the Krio Muslim people (locally known as Oku), who are politically influential in the town.
The Temne people, also called Time, Temen, Timni or Timmanee people, are a West African ethnic group. They are predominantly found in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone, as well as the national capital Freetown. Some Temne are also found in Guinea. The Temne constitute the largest ethnic group in Sierra Leone, at 35% of the total population, which is slightly more than the Mende people at 31%. They speak Temne, a Mel branch of the Niger–Congo languages.
The Loko are one of the indigenous ethnic groups in Sierra Leone. Landogo is used as an endonym for the people and language, but other groups refer to them as Loko. They speak a Southwestern Mande language that is also called Loko. The majority of the Loko people live in the Northern Province of the country, particularly in Bombali and Port Loko District, and around the capital city of Freetown in communities such as Regent. Important regional towns include Tambiama, Kalangba, and Gbendembu, though other groups such as the Mandingo, Fula and Temne peoples live there too.
Although part of the Western Area Rural District, Tokeh has its own locally governed directly elected town council headed by a Town Head. The current Town Head of Loko is Alhaji James Slow, who was elected in the 2013 Tokeh Town Head Rural District municipal election .
A town council, village council or rural council is a form of local government for small municipalities.
The village of Tokeh was founded by a Sherbro fisherman named Pa Baw in the colonial era. Pa Baw settled along the river in Tokeh village.
In 1968 beach land was acquired by Mr. Shakib Basma, a prominent Barrister in Sierra Leone. He joined with a French company and they started developing Africana Tokey Village. This resort grew to 400 rooms and employed up to 600 staff at its peak. The '80s were the hay days of this beautiful resort. And it kept functioning to the mid '90s when facilities were shut down and tourists were told to stop coming. The resort was left abandoned during the terrible war in SierraLeone. Although rebels never destroyed any of the properties slowly the hotel was looted and destroyed.
In 2003 Issa Shakib Basma, son of shakib basma returned to Sierra Leone to revamp the properties and rebuild the resort. Tokeh Beach Resort started in 2011 with Tokeh Sands, an 18-room resort with restaurant and bar. Tokeh Palms, a 16-suite resort, was completed in 2013, expansions and development are still in progress. The Basma family have helped develop Tokeh village since the '60s. The church, mosque, community centre & primary school are made on the land donated by Shakib Basma, expanding a village of approximately 80 people in the '60s to close to 6000 inhabitants today.
Opening of The Place Tokeh Village got worldwide attention & recognition when an Australian business man Mr. Chris Brown who was also associated with London Mining opened his luxurious 5 star beach resort by the name of The Place in 2013 which was inaugurated by the President of Sierra Leone H.E Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, (www.stayatheplace.com) is probably the only true 5 star resort in Sierra Leone. The Place resort under the guidance of Mr. Chris Brown build a dam which supplies water to The Place resort & Tokeh community, build a school worth 40,000 USD,which is known as the Kulafai school (near the junction & new site) supplied schools & hospital with furnitures & medicines as a part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Apart from that majority of employees work at The Place resort & regular training is conducted to engage youth & females from the community.
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