The Republic of Liberia is the oldest country in the West African sub-region which gained its independence after freed African-American slaves were settled therein by the American Colonization Society (ACS) with the belief that blacks in the United States will stand a better chance of freedom and prosperity in Africa.
Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone, this country has over 20 indigenous spoken languages.
Having gained its independence on July 26, 1847, Liberian settlers carried their adopted culture and tradition with them back to Africa, modelling their constitution and flag after those of the U.S.
The nation has been plagued by internal violence that has claimed the lives of more than 250,000 thousand people in the past two decades. Despite this, the nation still breeds global icons. These icons have played significant roles in their area of speciality.
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