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Oyam District

Oyam District
Country  Uganda
Region Northern Uganda
Sub-region Lango sub-region
Capital Oyam
 • Total 2,190.8 km2 (845.9 sq mi)
Population (2012 Estimate)
 • Total 378,900
 • Density 173/km2 (450/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Website Official Homepage

Oyam District is a district in Northern Uganda. Like most Ugandan districts, it is named after its 'chief town', Oyam, where the district headquarters are located.


Oyam District is bordered by Gulu District to the north, Pader District to the northeast, Kole District to the east, Apac District to the south, Kiryandongo District to the southwest and Nwoya District to the west.[1] The administrative headquarters of the district at Oyam, are located approximately 78 kilometres (48 mi), by road, west of Lira, the largest city in the sub-region.[2] The coordinates of the district are: 02 14N, 32 23E.


Oyam District was established by the Ugandan Parliament in 2006. Prior to that, Oyam District was part of Apac District. Together with Lira District, Alebtong District, Amolatar District, Apac District, Dokolo District, Kole District, Otuke District, Oyam District is part of the larger Lango sub-region, home to an estimated 1.5 million Langi. The district is a predominantly rural district.


In 1991, the national population census estimated the district population at about 177,100. The 2002 national census estimated the population of the district at about 268,400. The district population was growing at an annual rate of 3.5%, at that time. It was estimated that the population of the district in 2012 was approximately 378,900.[3] The table below illustrates the trajectory of population growth in the district between 2002 and 2012. All numbers are estimates.

Economic activities

Subsistence agriculture and animal husbandry are main economic activities in the district. The major crops grown include:

Livestock kept in the district includes:

See also


  1. ^ Uganda District Map
  2. ^ "Distance Between Lira And Oyam With Map". Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Estimated Population of Oyam District In 1991, 2002 & 2012". Retrieved 22 May 2014. 

External links

  • Growing Old In Oyam, Uganda: Mary Joyce’s Story
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