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Nekemte

Administration
Full nameNekemte
Official nameNekemte
Native nameNaqamtee (in Afaan Oromo)
Other nameLekemt
CountryEthiopia
RegionOromia
ZoneMisraq (East) Welega
Geography
Elevation6850.4 ft (2088 m)
Demography
Total Population103623 (2008)
Other information
Time zoneEAT (UTC+3)

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Nekemte ("Naqamtee" in Afan Oromo language; also called Lekemt) is a market town in western Ethiopia. Located in the Misraq Welega Zone of the Oromia Region (or kilil), Nekemte has a latitude and longitude of and an elevation of 2,088 meters.

Nekemte was the capital of the former Welega Province, and is home to a museum of Wollega Oromo culture. It is a burial place of Onesimoos Nasiib, a famous Oromo who translated the Bible to Oromo Language for the first time, in collaboration with Aster Geno. It is also the seat of an Apostolic Vicariate of the Roman Catholic Church. The Federal government has announced that a university will be built in Nekemte, one of 13 planned for the entire country in the immediate future. It is served by an airport (ICAO code HANK, IATA NEK).

Nekemte is at the center of the road network for south-western Ethiopia. The first major road dates to the early 1930s, with a road that extended from the capital Addis Ababa west through Addis Alem, although the road was passable only by lorries for the 255 kilometers between Addis Alem and Nekemte. A road connecting Nekemte to Gimbi, 110 kilometers in length, was part of the first stage of the Third Highway Program in 1963. Postal service for this city has been present as early as 1923. A branch of the Ethiopian Electric Light and Power Authority began providing electricity to the city by 1960. By 1957, phone service extended to the city.


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