The country that was founded in 1822 by the freed American and Caribbean slaves, Liberia, is situated on the Atlantic in the southern part of West Africa bordered by its neighboring countries Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Cote d' lvoire. The size of the country is comparable to Tennessee. The country is mostly covered by tropical forests, making it abundant with flora and fauna. The indigenous population residing in Liberia is mainly composed of 16 different ethnic groups. Monrovia is the capital, largest city, and chief Atlantic port of Liberia, located on Bushrod Island and Cape Mesurado that is also the most populous city. Be ready to be mesmerized by the hidden enchanted of the Africa's oldest republic. The country conquered slavery, and they are now brave enough to face and endure the challenges of their present. They embraced the fact that they are once controlled and now molded more powerful.
1. Magical ArtsLiberia is known to its detailed and ornamental ornate masks, large and miniature wood carvings of vivid human faces, prominent people, landscapes of everyday life. It is recognized as the home to a traditional African mask. The masks that are being created include a Gunyeke mask that believes it shelters a power-giving spirit, the chimpanzee-like Kagle mask, Gela masks that are often embellished with curved coiffures and always with an odd number of weavings. It is also being used in the masquerades. You would wonder how the hands of these artists can magically create something that felt surreal. You might want to try some of their mask that is considered a masterpiece.
2. Liberia's RainforestThe rainforest of Liberia covers 40% of the country. The forest elephant, hawk, pygmy, manatee, and chimpanzee are some of the animals that can be seen in the country. Get ready to see the miracles of these creatures, which make the country swarming and vigorous. The rainforest comprises a critical part of the Guinean Forests of West Africa, an area stretching across 11 countries in the region. Liberia's low-lying coastal plain is intersected by marshes, creeks, and tidal lagoons, and bisected at least nine major rivers. The overflowing beauty of Liberia will inspire the people to stop illegal logging that can cause a threat to the diverse species.
3. Culturally ConnectedThere might be inequality among the Americo-Liberians and those who belong to the indigenous groups, and it seems that there is a wide gap among them. Still, they somehow find a connection in some aspects. You might be bothered by this issue among the Liberians, but you will surely love how people have their own way of living, and you will appreciate the simple life that they have. All Liberians have different roots, but they have one thing in common to their culture. It is their devotion to their families. They support each other, and you'll be meeting them as a family who stays together and regularly go to church as one. You would also notice the handshake among the Liberians; it has a masonic origin and involves a chic pull-back of the third finger supplemented by a wide grin.
4. One of Africa's CleanestYou might want to visit a place where it is expected to be clean. Do not worry because Liberia is here to grant your desire. It is considered as one of Africa's Cleanest Countries because it ranked 10th out of the 92 countries featured in the World Health Organization. You might be in awe and querying how did Liberia do it. It may come from the reason that the country has a lack of smokers. It was recorded that Liberia belongs to the 20 states on Earth that smoke the fewest cigarettes per capita. Aside from the clean surrounding, your health will be guaranteed too because you will not encounter a lot of smokers on the streets or on your way to the markets.
5. Traditional Liberian FoodsYou will have the chance to know more about the country by trying their spectacular traditional foods that are considered to be particular on their own taste. One of the famous foods is the Palava, chunks of smoked meat or fish in Spicy-hot soup. A dish that is a stew famous in the country. It tastes spicy and is very hot. The smoky flavor of the gravy is because of the meat that is often smoked and simmered. It would be best if you also tried Jollof rice, a one-pot spicy rice dish that is cooked in tomatoes, paste, onions, salt, spices, and chili peppers. They love a spicy food, which is why you would notice how chili is often applied to their meals.
6. Traditional Vibrant ClothesPeople in urban might embrace modernity influenced by a typical western-style dress like shirt and jeans, but in rural areas, you would see the vibrant clothes of Lebanon. They wear more traditional West African attire. Men wear shorts or long pants with a loose round-neck shirt while women traditionally wear a long wrap of skirt called "lappa" and lose top called "bubba." They also wear a head wrap. They have such bright colorful patterned fabrics that perfectly matches their clothes.