Bamako, population 1,809,106 (2009 Census, provisional), is the caipital an lairgest ceety o Mali, an currently estimatit tae be the fastest growin ceety in Africae (saxt fastest in the warld). It is locatit on the Niger River, near the rapids that divide the Upper an Middle Niger Valleys, in the soothwastren pairt o the kintra. Bamako is the naition's admeenistrative center as well as a cercle, wi a river port locatit in nearbi Koulikoro, and a major regional trade and conference center. Bamako is the seivent lairgest Wast African urban center efter Lagos, Abidjan, Kano, Ibadan, Dakar an Accra. Manufactures include textiles, processed meat, an metal guids. There is commercial fishin on the Niger River.
The name Bamako comes frae the Bambara wird meanin "crocodile river".