Bong County Flag
The flag of Bong County is orange and purple with a hammer in the background as a reference to the traditional importance of mining to the local economy.
The people of Bong County, in partnership with the Government of Liberia, envisage rebuilding a County that is peaceful, secure, prosperous and inclusive, with economic opportunities for all.
Bong County derives its name from Mount Bong. The Capital City is Gbarnga. Until 1964, Bong County was a part of Liberia known as the Central Province.
Bong County is made up of 12 political districts, 13 chiefdoms, 42 clans, 26 cities and 468 towns.
Natural Resources: Iron ore, Diamond, Gold, Water, Timber
Agricultural Products: Rubber, Coffee, Cocoa, Rice, Cassava, Palm, Sugarcane, Banana, Livestock
Industries: Rubber, Palm oil (Explored), Timber, Diamond (Unexplored)
Source: Bong County Development Agenda (2008-2012)
Ethnic groups found in Bong County include all of Liberia’s 16 tribes, however the Kpelle people represent the largest tribal block in the County, and members of many tribes speak the Kpelle language as a result.
Over the years, many investments and development initiatives of national importance have been undertaken in Bong County, including:
Bong Mining Company (BMC), Bong County Agriculture Development Project (BCADP), Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI), Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing, Rubber Corporation of Liberia (RCI), Liberia Telecommunication Corporation (LTC), Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), Cuttington University College (CUC).
The first female paramount chief of Bong County, Madame Suakoko, possessed excellent diplomatic skills which she used effectively during one of the numerous wars between the indigenous Liberians and the settlers. In recognition of her services to the government, Madame Suakoko was commissioned Chief by President Daniel E. Howard. The city of Suakoko, in Bong County, was named after her.
Source: Strong, Richard P. (ed). 1930. The African Republic of Liberia and the Belgian Congo; Notes from the Harvard African Expedition 1926-1927, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. (Dr. Tim D. Nevin)
Source: (Dr. Tim Nevin) This is Madam Suakoko’s iron Cooking Pot. Used to cook rice for large meals. The second photo is of my friend, Paramount Chief Arthur B. Wennah posing next to the cooking pot. Taken in Suakoko Town, Bong County, Liberia.