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 centre as well as a cercle, wi a river port locatit in nearbi Koulikoro, an a major regional trade an conference centre. Bamako is the seivent lairgest Wast African urban centre efter Lagos, Abidjan, Kano, Ibadan, Dakar an Accra. Manufactures include textiles, processed meat, an metal guids. Thare is commercial fishin on the Niger River.
The name Bamako comes frae the Bambara wird meanin "crocodile river".