A report on Liberia

A European map of West Africa and the Grain Coast, 1736. It has the archaic mapping designation of Negroland.
Map of Liberia Colony in the 1830s, created by the ACS, and also showing Mississippi Colony and other state-sponsored colonies.
Residence of Joseph Jenkins Roberts, first President of Liberia, between 1848 and 1852.
African Americans depart for Liberia, 1896. The ACS sent its last emigrants to Liberia in 1904.
Charles D. B. King, 17th President of Liberia (1920–1930), with his entourage on the steps of the Peace Palace, The Hague (the Netherlands), 1927.
A technical in Monrovia during the Second Liberian Civil War.
A map of Liberia
Liberia map of Köppen climate classification.
A Liberian tropical forest
A view of a lake in Bomi County
Pygmy hippos are among the species illegally hunted for food in Liberia. The World Conservation Union estimates that there are fewer than 3,000 pygmy hippos remaining in the wild.
Loggers and logging truck, early 1960s
Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President Sirleaf with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, and British PM David Cameron in September 2015
A proportional representation of Liberian exports. The shipping related categories reflect Liberia's status as an international flag of convenience – there are 3,500 vessels registered under Liberia's flag accounting for 11% of ships worldwide.
Liberia, trends in the Human Development Index 1970–2010.
Real GDP per capita development, since 1950
The streets of downtown Monrovia, March 2009
Liberia's population from 1961 to 2013, in millions. Liberia's population tripled in 40 years.
Liberia's population pyramid, 2005. 43.5% of Liberians were below the age of 15 in 2010.
Students studying by candlelight in Bong County
Development of life expectancy
Bassa culture. Helmet Mask for Sande Society (Ndoli Jowei), Liberia. 20th century. Brooklyn Museum.
A beachside barbecue at Sinkor, Monrovia, Liberia

Country on the West African coast.

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Monrovia in the 19th century.
Visiting US President Jimmy Carter and Liberian President William Tolbert wave from their motorcade, 1978.
The Atlantic Ocean as seen from Monrovia.
A map of central Monrovia in 1996.
Population density and low elevation coastal zones. Monrovia is especially vulnerable to sea level rise.
Market stall in central Monrovia
Roberts International Airport Terminal
Liberian Capitol Building.
Broad Street, Monrovia at night
Aerial View of University of Liberia Fendell campus, on the outskirts of the city
Dwellings along the Mesurado River in Monrovia. Discarded plastics can be seen washed up on the bank opposite the buildings.

Monrovia is the capital city of the West African country of Liberia.

Sierra Leone

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Country on the southwest coast of West Africa.

Country on the southwest coast of West Africa.

Fragments of prehistoric pottery from Kamabai Rock Shelter
Bunce Island, 1805, during the period the slave factory was run by John and Alexander Anderson
An 1835 illustration of liberated Africans arriving in Sierra Leone
The colony of Freetown in 1856
Houses at Sierra-Leone (May 1853, X, p.55)
Bai Bureh, Temne leader of the Hut Tax War of 1898 against British rule
Temne leader Bai Bureh seen here in 1898 after his surrender, sitting relaxed in his traditional dress with a handkerchief in his hands, while a Sierra Leonean Royal West African Frontier soldier stands guard next to him
Moa River Bridge, Sierra Leone. Lisk-Carew Brothers, Freetown, Sierra Leone
British West African Campaign troops in Freetown, 1914–1916. Published caption: "British expeditionary force preparing to embark at Freetown to attack the German Cameroons, the main object of the attack being the port of Duala. Auxiliary native troops were freely used in African warfare."
African Naval ratings march past the Governor of Sierra Leone, Sir Hubert Stevenson.
An APC political rally in the northern town of Kabala outside the home of supporters of the rival SLPP in 1968
A school in Koindu destroyed during the Civil War; in total 1,270 primary schools were destroyed in the War.
A map of Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone map of Köppen climate classification
The Sierra Leone Supreme Court in the capital Freetown, the highest and most powerful court in the country
The 14 districts and 2 areas of Sierra Leone
Historical GDP per capita development
A proportional representation of Sierra Leone exports, 2019
A farmer with his rice harvest in Sierra Leone. Two-thirds of Sierra Leone's population are directly involved in subsistence agriculture.
The road from Kenema to Kailahun District
Sierra Leone's total population, from 1961 to 2013
A mosque in Sierra Leone
The distribution of major ethnic groups within Sierra Leone
A secondary school class in Pendembu, Kailahun District
A situation map of the Ebola outbreak as of 8 August 2014
Rice farming in Rolako
A radio listener in Kailahun
Isata Mahoi shown editing radio programmes in Talking Drum studio Freetown; she is also an actress in the Sierra Leone radio soap opera Atunda Ayenda
National Stadium in Freetown.
Odelay mask by Temne people. Brooklyn Museum.
The Koindu dance

It is bordered by Liberia to the southeast and Guinea surrounds the northern half of the nation.


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Coastal country in West Africa.

Coastal country in West Africa.

Samori Toure was the founder of the Wassoulou Empire, an Islamic state in present-day Guinea that resisted French colonial rule in West Africa from 1882 until Touré's capture in 1898.
President Ahmed Sékou Touré was supported by Communist states, and in 1961, visited Yugoslavia.
Monument to commemorate the 1970 military victory over the Portuguese raid. The key objective not accomplished by the Portuguese raid was the capture of Ahmed Sékou Touré.
U.S. President Jimmy Carter welcoming Ahmed Sékou Touré outside the White House, Washington, D.C., 1979
The 2019–2020 Guinean protests against the rule of Alpha Condé
Alpha Condé, the former President of Guinea
President Alpha Condé with Russian President Vladimir Putin on 28 September 2017
Regions of Guinea
Fouta Djallon highlands in central Guinea
A map showing Guinea's cities and administrative divisions
Guinea map of Köppen climate classification
Badiar National Park
Malinke fisher women on the Niger River, Niandankoro, Kankan Region, in eastern Guinea
Kissidougou market
A proportional representation of Guinea exports, 2019
It is very common in Guinea to see underage children engaged in manual labour in order to support their families.
Ms. Tiguidanke Camara, Chairman & CEO Tigui Mining Group (TMG)
The "Voile de la Mariée" (Bride's Veil) waterfall in Kindia
Guinean women
Schoolgirls in Conakry, Guinea
A market stall selling vegetables in Dinguiraye Prefecture, Guinea

It borders the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Guinea-Bissau to the northwest, Senegal to the north, Mali to the northeast, Cote d'Ivoire to the southeast, and Sierra Leone and Liberia to the south.

Taylor as president

Charles Taylor (Liberian politician)

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Taylor as president
Taylor as president
The Daily Talk newsboard documenting the Charles Taylor case

Charles McArthur Ghankay Taylor (born 28 January 1948) is a former Liberian politician and convicted warlord who served as the 22nd President of Liberia from 2 August 1997 until his resignation on 11 August 2003, as a result of the Second Liberian Civil War and growing international pressure.

Mansa Musa depicted holding a gold nugget from a 1395 map of Africa and Europe

West Africa

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Westernmost region of Africa.

Westernmost region of Africa.

Mansa Musa depicted holding a gold nugget from a 1395 map of Africa and Europe
13th-century Africa – Map of the main trade routes and states, kingdoms and empires.
West Africa circa 1875
French in West Africa circa 1913
A rhinoceros in Bandia Nature Reserve, Senegal. Credit: Corine REZEL.
African bush elephants in Yankari National Park, Nigeria
Deforestation in Nigeria.
Satellite imagery from outer space of West Africa
Railway systems in West Africa, 2022
Railway systems in West Africa 2030, projection
A street and airport in the famous town of Timbuktu, Mali, showing the Sudano-Sahelian architectural style of the West African interior
Philip Emeagwali wearing the Boubou (or Agbada), a traditional robe symbolic of West Africa
Jollof rice or Benachin, one of many Pan–West African dishes found only in West Africa
Supporters of ASEC Mimosas
The talking drum is an instrument unique to West Africa.
Kora-playing griots in Senegal, 1900. Both the Kora, a 21-stringed harp-lute, and the griot musical-caste are unique to West Africa.
The 13th-century Great Mosque of Djenné is a superb example of the indigenous Sahelian architectural style prevalent in the Savannah and Sahelian interior of West Africa. It is listed an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Voodoo altar with several fetishes in Abomey, Benin
Map of petroleum and natural gas within West Africa
Praia, Cape Verde
Dakar, Senegal
Lomé, Togo
Porto-Novo, Benin
Niamey, Niger
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Banjul, Gambia
Conakry, Guinea
Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
Monrovia, Liberia
Bamako, Mali
Georgetown, Ascension Island
Tristan da Cunha, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

The United Nations defines Western Africa as the 16 countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo, as well as Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom Overseas Territory).

Ivory Coast

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Country on the southern coast of West Africa.

Country on the southern coast of West Africa.

Prehistoric polished stone celt from Boundiali in northern Ivory Coast, photo taken at the IFAN Museum of African Arts in Dakar, Senegal
Pre-European kingdoms
Louis-Gustave Binger of French West Africa in 1892 treaty signing with Famienkro leaders, in present-day N'zi-Comoé Region, Ivory Coast
Arrival in Kong of new French West Africa governor Louis-Gustave Binger in 1892.
Colonies of French West Africa circa 1913
Samori Touré, founder and leader of the Wassoulou Empire which resisted French rule in West Africa
President Félix Houphouët-Boigny and First Lady Marie-Thérèse Houphouët-Boigny in the White House Entrance Hall with President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1962.
Election results of 2002 in Ivory Coast
A technical in the First Ivorian Civil War, 2002–2007
Armed Ivorians next to a French Foreign Legion armoured car, 2004
A shelter for internally displaced persons during the 2011 civil war
Köppen climate classification map of Ivory Coast
Districts of Ivory Coast
Former President Laurent Gbagbo was extradited to the International Criminal Court (ICC), becoming the first head of state to be taken into the court's custody.
A proportional representation of Ivory Coast, 2019
GDP per capita development
Congestion at a market in Abidjan
The university campus of the Université de Cocody
Yassa is a popular dish throughout West Africa prepared with chicken or fish. Chicken yassa is pictured.
Basilica of Our Lady of Peace - catholic basilica in Yamoussoukro.

It borders Guinea to the northwest, Liberia to the west, Mali to the northwest, Burkina Faso to the northeast, Ghana to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic Ocean) to the south.

African Americans depart for Liberia, 1896. The American Colonization Society sent its last emigrants to Liberia in 1904.

Americo-Liberian people

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Americo-Liberian people or Congo people or Congau people in Liberian English, are a Liberian ethnic group of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and Liberated African descent.

Americo-Liberian people or Congo people or Congau people in Liberian English, are a Liberian ethnic group of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and Liberated African descent.

African Americans depart for Liberia, 1896. The American Colonization Society sent its last emigrants to Liberia in 1904.
Charles D. B. King, an Americo-Liberian who served as President of Liberia (1920–1930), with his entourage on the steps of the Peace Palace, The Hague (the Netherlands), 1927.
Administration of President William Tubman
William Tubman and JFK at the White House in 1961
The former Grand Masonic Temple in 2006. The Temple was restored in 2018.
Lithograph of the former home of Joseph Jenkins Roberts in Monrovia
Charles Taylor, former Liberian president and convicted war criminal

Americo-Liberians trace their ancestry to free-born and formerly enslaved African Americans who emigrated in the 19th century to become the founders of the state of Liberia.

President of Liberia

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The president of the Republic of Liberia is head of state and government of Liberia.

Presidential portrait

Samuel Doe

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Presidential portrait
President Tolbert had become very authoritarian in recent years
U. S. Ambassador to Liberia William L. Swing presenting credentials to Commander-in-Chief Samuel K. Doe, head of state and chairman, People's Redemption Council
Doe with then Secretary of Defense of the United States Caspar W. Weinberger outside the Pentagon in 1982
Insurgent forces in 1990 in Mamba Station

Samuel Kanyon Doe (6 May 1951 – 9 September 1990) was a Liberian politician who served as the President of Liberia from 1980 to 1990.

Sirleaf in 2015

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

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Sirleaf in 2015
Sirleaf campaigning in Monrovia in 2005, shortly before she was elected
From left to right: Tawakkul Karman, Leymah Gbowee, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf display their awards during the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize, 10 December 2011.
Sirleaf at her inauguration in Monrovia
President Sirleaf addressing the 2008 General Conference of the United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Texas
Sirleaf with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Washington, D.C., 2013
Statue of Sirleaf in Imo state, Nigeria

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (born Ellen Eugenia Johnson, 29 October 1938) is a Liberian politician who served as the 24th President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018.