Ganta

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For the town in Burkina Faso, see Ganta, Burkina Faso.
Ganta
Gompa
Queen's Theatre
Queen's Theatre
Ganta is located in Liberia
Ganta
Ganta
Location in Liberia
Coordinates: 7°14′15″N 8°58′53″W / 7.23750°N 8.98139°W / 7.23750; -8.98139Coordinates: 7°14′15″N 8°58′53″W / 7.23750°N 8.98139°W / 7.23750; -8.98139
Country Flag of Liberia.svg Liberia
County Nimba County
Government
 • Type City Council
 • Mayor/Mayoress Hon. D. Dorr Cooper
Population (2008)
 • Total 41,106
 • Religions Christian

Ganta, also known as Gompa City, is a town in Nimba County of northern Liberia, lying just south of the Guinea border. It is the second largest city in Liberia, with a population of 41,106 as of 2008.[1] A bustling market town, it contains a prominent white mosque, noted for its decorated minarets of carved stars.[2]

Geography[edit]

It is connected by highway to Zwedru, some 238 kilometres (148 mi) to the southeast.[3][4] The Mani River passes through the northern part of the town, marking the border between Liberia and Guinea.

Economy[edit]

Ganta is an emerging city with a population of 41,106 as of 2008.[1] As early as 1983 it was observed by the Foreign Broadcast Information Service that it had the potential to become "one of the most developed and commercial cities in rural Liberia".[5] As of 2007 there are five banks in Ganta with other financial institutions. The city contains Jackie's Guest House, the Alvino Hotel,[2] the Beer Garden, Justina Bar and Restaurant etc. In 2004, some 20 acres of land near Ganta were purchased to build a new college, costing $13,500.[6]

Healthcare[edit]

American Methodist missionary and physician George Way Harley began working in Ganta in October 1925, where he established a new hospital, dispensary, church, school, and a number of residences.[7] He found a leper colony there at the time,[7] and established a new Mission in Ganta in 1926.[8] Ganta Hospital serves 450,000 people in Nimba County and surrounding areas. as of 2008 it had 32 beds, with the expectation to grow to 50.[9] In September 2014 it was reported that two female victims of the Ebola virus in Ganta, Dorris Quoi and Ma Kebeh, had been "resurrected".[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2008 Liberia National Population and Housing Census". Government of Liberia. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b West Africa. Lonely Planet. 2009. p. 469. ISBN 978-1-74104-821-6. 
  3. ^ Africa South of the Sahara 2004. Europa Publications, Psychology Press. 2003. p. 616. ISBN 978-1-85743-183-4. 
  4. ^ Google Inc. "Ganta". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Zwedru,+Liberia/%277.237500,-8.981389%27/@6.3952273,-9.333822,511126m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m17!4m16!1m10!1m1!1s0xfa341de8504f4a9:0xfc5067938c2ff68c!2m2!1d-8.133333!2d6.066667!3m4!1m2!1d-8.9241379!2d6.9354104!3s0xfa4340960f6ec63:0xca338fd0505b81c4!1m3!2m2!1d-8.981389!2d7.2375!3e0?hl=en. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  5. ^ Sub-Saharan Africa Report. Foreign Broadcast Information Service. 1983. 
  6. ^ Buor, Sei (October 2009). No More War: Rebuilding Liberia Through Faith, Determination and Education. iUniverse. p. 123. ISBN 978-1-4401-5655-7. 
  7. ^ a b Powell, William S. (28 October 1988). Dictionary of North Carolina Biography: Vol. 3, H-K. Univ of North Carolina Press. p. 35. ISBN 978-0-8078-6713-6. 
  8. ^ Seamands, Stephen (8 March 2012). Give Them Christ: Preaching His Incarnation, Crucifixion, Resurrection, Ascension and Return. InterVarsity Press. p. 38. ISBN 978-0-8308-6983-1. 
  9. ^ Megill, Esther L. (2008). Return to Africa: A Journal. AuthorHouse. p. 112. ISBN 978-1-4343-7528-5. 
  10. ^ "Liberia Paper:Two Ebola victims have been resurrected, locals fear they are now ghosts". Breitbart.com. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014.