Tribes of Liberia

There are officially 17 ethnic groups that make up Liberia's indigenous African population, making up maybe 95% of the total: Kpelle, the largest group; Bassa, Gio, Kru, Grebo, Mandingo, Mano, Krahn, Gola, Gbandi, Loma, Kissi, Vai, Sapo, Belleh (Kuwaa), Mende and Dey.


Kpelle. The Kpelle people are the largest ethnic group in Liberia, occupying much of central Liberia and extending into Guinea, where they are sometimes called the Guerze; they speak a language of the Mande branch of the Niger-Congo family.  Read More

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Bassa. Bassa is one of the main languages of Liberia and has about 409,000 speakers. There is also a small Bassa speaking population in Sierra Leone. Bassa reside predominantly in Grand Bassa, Rivercess and Montserrado counties in Liberia. Read more

Source: National African Language Resource Center (NALRC), at Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana (USA), established in 1999, is a federally funded, non-profit national foreign language center dedicated to the advancement of African language teaching and learning in the United States.