10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Liberia

October 22, 2019

There are a lot of untold and unamplified stories about cool people, places and things around West Africa. The Jollof road team visited Liberia recently and made many interesting discoveries. From ATMs that vomit US dollars to meeting zestful surfer boys and girls in surfer haven, we saw it all. Here are some things you probably didn’t know about this Black republic:

The country operates a dual currency system. They use both US Dollars and Liberian Dollars.

In 2006, Oprah Winfrey traced her ancestral roots to Liberia. How cool?

Their Jollof is incomplete without peas, chicken chunks, sausages etc. And just like any other West African country, they claim to have the best Jollof Rice.

The first female Head of State in Africa is Liberian. All hail Lady Ellen Johnson Sirleaf!

Current president George Weah is a former football star. He was named FIFA World Player Of The Year in 1995 – the same year he won Ballon D’or with AC Milan.

In Liberia, there’s a town of surfers – a large community of almost a hundred native Liberian surfers called Robertsport home.

Its capital – Monrovia, was originally called Christianopolis. The name was changed after James Monroe, a former president of United States.

The country harbours over 600 bird species – a literal bird sanctuary.

What was once referred to as Monrovia’s most luxurious hotel is now an abandoned building.

It’s one of the biggest exporters of Iron Ore in Africa.

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