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The city is home to the University of Makeni, the largest private university in Sierra Leone http://www.thepatrioticvanguard.com/spip.php?article6546. Makeni is home to the St. Francis Secondary School, one of the most prominent secondary schools in Sierra Leone and is widely known for producing some of Sierra Leone's most gifted students. The city is also home to Makeni Teacher's College.
The population of Makeni is ethnically diverse, though the Temne people make up the majority of the population. The Krio language is used as the primary language of communication among the different ethnic groups in the city, though the Temne language is also widely understood in the city.
Football is by far the most popular sport in the city. The Sierra Leone professional football club the Wusum Stars, that is based in Makeni, represent the city in the Sierra Leone National Premier League.
Makeni is one of Sierra Leone's six municipalities and is governed by a directly elected city council, headed by a mayor, in whom executive authority is vested. The mayor is responsible for the general management of the city.
Makeni is the home town of Sierra Leone's president Ernest Bai Koroma, as he was born and raised in the city. Like most parts of Northern Sierra Leone, Makeni is a reliable political stronghold of the ruling All People's Congress (APC) political party. The city votes by an overwhelming majority for the APC in presidential, parliamentary and city council elections.
In the 2012 Sierra Leone presidential election, Ernest Bai Koroma, the incumbent Sierra Leones's president and leader of APC took 93.2% of the votes in Makeni and the whole of Bombali District, his highest percentage of votes across Sierra Leone.