About The Reunion
The event would bring together the excitement and hospitality of Liberia to a worldwide audience. Therefore, providing an opportunity for local businesses to promote themselves and integrate into global value chains.
.The Year of the Diaspora will showcase, will showcase a diverse mix of live évents, cultures, Awards celebrations, insightful and educational tours and impact-related projects in all 15 counties in Liberia. The event will bring together Liberians in the diaspora, Africans, Tourists, Businesses from diverse backgrounds to celebrate, network and invest in their communities
The Year OF THE Diaspora aims to command a place in the hearts and minds of the audience and communities about the significance of “How the launch of a diaspora Investment fund will be an achievement to poverty alleviation”
We Are Ready. Join us -let’s Go!
In the early 1800s, opposers of slavery were planning ways to abandon the institution. As
time drew closer to the abolishment of slavery, Southerners were adamant that freed slaves could not share the same privileges as their white counterparts. There were major
controversies over the fact that the African slaves and whites would be fighting for the
same jobs, opportunities, accommodations, etc. Some believed that the African would
never truly be freed in America. Thus, was the premise for the emigration of blacks to
Africa. Birthed as the brainchild of Rev. Robert Finley in 1816, the American
Colonization Society was established for the resettlement of ex-slaves. Paul Cuffe, a
notable African-American abolitionist held the belief that freed blacks could in fact
establish a colony in West Africa that would be prosperous.
In February of 1820, a ship known as the Elizabeth, left New York carrying 86
African-Americans and several agents of the American Colonization Society. The ship first
settled on Sherbro Island in modern day Sierra Leone. After a year and many hardships and
deaths due to malaria and other illnesses local to the region, the settlers had no choice but to move on. After securing land from a chief in Bassa, the settlers finally found a home in December of 1821 and arrived in January of 1822 on Providence Island which is now known as Liberia. With help from the American Colonization Society, the colony developed greatly and proclaimed its independence in 1847, thereby electing Joseph Jenkins Roberts, a freed African-American from Virginia, as it’s first president.
Between 1821 and the 1860s, numerous ships sailed into Liberia, repatriating freed blacks.
Liberia and America traded in coffee, palm oil and other commodities during this period. At the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, President Joseph Jenkins Roberts was in the White House and played a role in the process.
The first 10 Presidents of Liberia were African Americans who played leading roles in world
history during their Presidencies.
Standing as the only independent nation in West Africa, Liberia was able to maintain her independence during the scramble for West Africa by European colonizers. With the support given Liberia by America, the 1920’s in Liberia saw great prosperity. Relying mostly on natural resources and rubber, Liberia boomed and blossomed. Under the leadership of President William Tubman, William Tolbert, and a host of other presidents who were all of American descent, Liberia became a beacon in West Africa.
Liberia has been at the pinnacle of Africa’s decolonization as well as in the fight for black
freedom in America and on the continent. Sending the first black and second woman in history to head the United Nations, Angie Brookes Randolph led the fight towards the independence of West African nations.
As a result of Liberia’s lead position in the emancipation of blacks, the Country became a mecca for African Americans in the 60s and 70s. Notables as Maya Angelou, Nina Simone, Hugh Masekela, Jeanetta Cole, Miriam Makeba, Bill Russell, and many more called Liberia home or their second homes. Liberia’s open-door policy and bold stance against apartheid and support of black freedom fighters furthered the 1820s movement that this was the home for blacks in search of a place to feel 100% at home.
Religion in Liberia
Officially a Christian state, with more than 30 denominations represented; Islam is practised in the north and traditional animist beliefs exist throughout the country.
Social Conventions in Liberia
In Muslim areas, the visitor should respect the conventions of dress and the food laws, since failure to do so will be taken as an insult. Dress is casual and must be practical, but smarter dress will be expected in hotel dining rooms and for important social functions. The visitor should be aware that the cost of living is high. Sending flowers or chocolates to hosts is inappropriate; a letter of thanks is all that is required.
English is the official language. The main local languages are Bassa, Dan (Gio), Kpelleh, Kru, Lorma and Mano. There are 29 African languages belonging to the Mande, Kwa or Mel linguistic groups.