History of Lofa County, Home to the Loma
Lofa County was established in 1964 from the former Western Province. It is located in the northern portion of Liberia. The county is bordered by Bong County to the south and Gbarpolu County to the west. The northwestern parts of Lofa border the nation of Sierra Leone and the northeastern parts border Guinea. With population of 276,863, Lofa is Liberia’s third most populous county, most of which is made of the Loma tribe. Other tribes from neighboring counties are also residence of Lofa.
Currently there are six districts in Lofa, Foya District, Kolahun District, Salayea District, Vahun District, Voinjama District, and Zorzor District. The largest city, Voinjama serves as the capital. Before the Civil war Voinjama was a busy crossroads town, with large weekly market. The city also had its own airport, Voinjama airport, which features a grass landing strip and flight service several times a week from Monrovia through the national carrier, Air Liberia. Unfortunate Voinjama airport was destroyed during the Civil war and no longer operate.
Lofa has some sceneries. The Western part of the county has coastal plains that rise to a height of 30 m (98 ft) above the sea-level inward to a distance of 25 km (16 mi). These plains receive a very high rainfall and longer sunshine yearly. The county also has three National proposed reserves, namely the Wologizi Mountain, Wonegizi Range and Foya Forest. Mount Wuteve, the highest mountain in Liberia, lies in the north-central part of the county.
With fertile forest covering a descent portion of the county, agriculture is highly encouraged. Subsistence rice farming is the principal occupation of most of the population. Other prominent crops growing in Lofa are cassava, greens, and palm nut from which red palm oil is made. Palm wine harvest from certain palm trees is also popular.
If you’re in search of a county with amazing mountains views, where you can indulge in delicious cuisine, while learning some of Liberia’s traditions such as the Liberian country’s cloth, Lofa is definitely a county to have in mind. The county is home to the highest mountain in Liberia, Mount Wuteve, and the Wologizi Mountain. It is also the county where majority of the Liberian country’s cloth is handmade.