Liberia is located on the west coast of Africa and is bordered on the north by Guinea, on the East by Ivory Coast, on the West by Sierra Leone and on the South by the Atlantic Ocean. Liberia’s climate is tropical, hot, humid, dry season (November – April) with hot days; wet season (May – October) with wet, cloudy days and frequent heavy rains. With English being the official language, Liberia has 17 ethnic groups.
Liberia, which means “land of freedom”, is known as the oldest country in Africa, and it is divided into 15 sub-divisions, namely, Bomi, Bong, Gbarpolu, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Lofa, Margibi, Maryland, Montserrado, Nimba, River Cress, River Gee, and Sinoe. Liberia is often described as the land of the free because Liberia was founded as a society for freed American slaves.
Liberian art and culture, expressed in beautiful ornate sculptures depicting faces, people and everyday living are inspired by ancient history that predates what is modern Liberia today. Rural life is at the core of artists’ renderings and a showcase of hundreds of years of the country’s indigenous history. As an English speaking country, the primary foods of Liberian are CASSAVA and RICE. With its 4.5 million people, Liberia is a land richly endowed with several bodies of minerals and other raw materials, including but not limited to gold, diamonds, iron ore, bauxite, rubber, timber and much more. Liberia has five major iron ore deposits which are estimated at 20 million long tons of crude ore per year. Liberia can boast of beautiful parks, beaches, and cultural resort centers.
Liberia has two mean national parks, namely, the Sapo and Lofa-mano National Parks. My sweet land of liberty is not only rich in natural resources. It has wonderful rainforest, seas, waterfalls, hills, mountains, wetlands and a basin of hydropower. Liberia became the first African country to elect a female President (H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf) and a football legend as President (H.E. George M. Weah). Being home to luxurious and rich diversity of vegetation and wildlife, Liberia (virgin land) continued to be a land of enormous investment opportunities. Liberia has access to over 335 million consumers through ECOWAS, a very youthful population, minimum restriction on the repatriation of profits and no currency exchange restrictions, political stability and one of the best in Africa for investment.
Furthermore, Liberia gained her independence on July 26, 1847, as a nation through the American Colonization Society (ACS).
Anyone who has lived, visited or worked in Liberia will always use one or a combination of these descriptions: Africa’s oldest republic; fun-loving and hospitable; naturally beautiful and scenic; natural-resource rich; determined and resilient people; and a pillar of strength during Africa’s formative years. Liberia is endowed with the great Monkey Island, plus great means for Tourist to enjoy their Surfing habits. Liberia is certainly worth visiting, especially for those looking to enjoy the nation’s hotels. It is mainly convenient for people who want to explore the region and its national parks.
With the country’s great wealth of fertile soil, Liberia agricultural sector provides jobs opportunity for more than 70% of its citizens. We do not only rely on our fertile soil for food crops, but Liberia also has key resources – such as tree crops and other agricultural products, mining, petroleum, wood, and fisheries. Liberia’s main cash crops and foreign exchange-earners are rubber, cocoa, and timber. However, rubber is one of the dominant generators of the country revenues, accounting for about 17.5 percent of the total export, with forestry, mining, energy, and communication is the country’s largest industries.
This means there is still room for any investor wanting to invest in Liberia. We have and continue to be one of the world’s favorite places for investment and tourism. This is our Liberia, the home of YALI RLC Alumni and Mandela Washington Fellows, and the Liberia that we are welcoming you to explore as a tourist and as an investor. With this overview, I am certainly sure you have enjoyed reading about our sweet, beautiful, hospitable and glorious land of liberty. All Hail Liberia!
Musu W. Davis
Country Correspondence Coordinator- Liberia