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Songs of Freedom

Songs of Freedom

Nina Simone, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masakela and other freedom fighers made Liberia their home in the 60s and 70s. Nina Simone said, “Liberia and America were connected through history in a positive way, and Liberian culture and society reflected that. It was a good place to start for any Afro-American looking to reconcile themselves to their own history.” This is what drove she and many others to calling Liberia home in the 60s and 70s. Hugh Masakela Hugh Masekela is a world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer and defiant political voice who remains deeply connected [...] Read more

Climb, Bike, Picnic, See and Just Go Wild on Mount Nimba

Climb, Bike, Picnic, See and Just Go Wild on Mount Nimba

The East Nimba Nature Reserve (ENNR) covers 11,533 hectares, is home to 317 animal species of which 107 are mammals, 2,500 invertebrate species, and 2000 plant types. Forming part of the Upper Guinea Forest Ecosystem of West Africa which extends from Guinea into eastern Sierra Leone; eastward through Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana; and into western Togo; Liberia's share of this biodiversity hotspot is 45%. This misty mountains is home to endangered species as the Nimba Toad, Nimba Otter shrew and West African Chimpanzee. Managed by the Forestry Development Authority of Liberia, forest guards [...] Read more

Soothe Your Senses at Kpatawee Waterfall

Soothe Your Senses at Kpatawee Waterfall

The giant tree standing guard at the entrance to the lower waterfall, though imposing, feels as welcoming as the vibrant yellow flowers bordering the nearby rest area. Evergreen trees and shrubs frame the rush of cool water crashing off brownish gray rocks carved into the hill rising above the entrance area. Kpatawee waterfall is a 50 feet cliff of watery splendor. Visitors to the Waterfall enjoy climbing into the waterfall and basking on the rocks as the sound of cascading water on rocks illuminates the mind into a serene place. Many also enjoy swimming in the lagoon that forms a perfect pool [...] Read more

A Bird Watcher's Haven

A Bird Watcher's Haven

The national bird of Liberia is the Common Bulbul (Pepperbird) Pycnonotus barbatus Liberia is a small country with a bird list of over 680 species, 9 of which are endangered, and a number of which are found only in Liberia and a few adjacent countries. The spectacular biodiversity of Liberia is clearly worth protecting: the forest also supports a wide range of plant and animal life and is a unique ecological niche for several rare species, such as the white-breasted guinea fowl. There have been few ornithological expeditions to Liberia however, and much still remains to be discovered about the [...] Read more

Joseph Jenkins Roberts: The World’s First Black American President

Joseph Jenkins Roberts: The World’s First Black American President

2017 will mark the 170th anniversary of the world’s first Black American President…move over Barack Welcome to your greatest discovery – Liberia – a treasure trove of sights and sounds along 360 miles of pristine Atlantic beach front on Africa’s tropical western coast. Africa’s first republic established in 1847 by freed American slaves, Liberia had already boasted the world’s first10 Black American descendants as Liberian Presidents, before President Barack Obama’s election as America’s first African American President in 2008. 1n 1847, Joseph Jenkins Roberts, born free in Norfolk, Virginia [...] Read more

A Gastronomy of Choices from Liberian to Japanese

A Gastronomy of Choices from Liberian to Japanese

A returning visitor to Liberia recently exclaimed “it’s amazing…no matter where I eat the food is great.” My response was, it’s in the spices and every restauranteur knows that he or she must meet the discriminating palette of the average Liberian. Why? Because almost every Liberian knows how to cook. So whether it’s that down home Liberian meal or choices from our gastronomical list of international cuisine…you just better do it right. So to whet your palette with what you can expect in Liberia, here are a few of our top picks and some hot spots where you can find them. It’s important we [...] Read more