Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is a fascinating country in West Africa.

It was named by the 15th-century Portuguese explorer Pedro de Sintra. When he set sight on the lush green hills along the coast, he gave it the Portuguese name Serra Lyoa which means “Lion Mountains” in English.

The city of Freetown is the capital of Sierra Leone. It is charmingly nestled along the coast of the Atlantic. The country’s bustling hub boasts one of the largest natural harbors in the world!

Most Sierra Leoneans are farmers. They grow a variety of grains, fruits and vegetables. However, the land is also rich in natural resources.

A brutal civil war took place from 1991 to 2002 . The country is still in the reconstructive phase, developing new infrastructure.

Learn the amazing facts about this stunning coastal sub-Saharan nation.

House of Massaquoi

House of Massaquoi

Massaquoi family history

The House of Massaquoi is the ruling clan of the Vai people in southern Sierra Leone and northern Liberia. Some of its members were conquering warlords, others were key players in the gruesome transatlantic slave trade, while some were notable politicians, educators, publishers and authors.