History of Bong County, Home to Liberia's Largest Tribe
Named after Mount Bong, Bong County is located in the north-central part of Liberia. The county is Liberia’s third most populous county after Montserrado and Nimba counties with populations of 328,919 (2008 census). It bordered Lofa and Gbarpolu counties to the north, Margibi and Montserrado counties to the west, Grand Bassa County to the south, Nimba County to the east and Guinea to the northeast. The main ethnic group residing in Bong is the Kpelle, Liberia’s largest tribe. Other minority groups residing in Bong includes the Mandingo and the Mano.
Bong County was established in 1964. Its capital, Gbarnga, was named after an old farm; Gbarnga is located approximately 3 hours from Monrovia, Liberia’s capital city. Bong County has twelve districts, including Boinsen District, Fuamah District, Jorquelleh District, Kokoyah District, Kpaai District, Panta District, Salala District, Sanayea District, Suakoko District, Tukpahblee, Yeallequellah and Zota District. It also has approximately thirty seven health facilities including Phebe Hospital in Suakoko District, Bong Mines Hospital in Fuahmah District and Dumbar Hospital in Jorquelleh District.
Bong County is home to Cuttington University, a private institution established in the late 19th century by the Episcopal Church of the US as part of its educational mission in Liberia. Its current senator, Dr. Henrique Tokpa is the former President of Cuttington University, and also the former Minister of Internal Affairs. One of Liberia populous tourist destinations, Pkatawee waterfall is also located in this county. The picturesque waterfall is a short drive from Cuttington University, allowing students to enjoy its natural beauty. Tourist and locals have described this waterfall as a real paradise.
Home to two beautiful cascade waterfalls, the Kpatawee Waterfall and the Sicken Town Waterfall, and Liberia most hospitable people, Bong County is an ideal vacation destination, especially if you enjoy the sound of water quietly lapping over rocks and top-notch hospitality.