Bassa people (Liberia)

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Bassa Women 1922
Total population
Regions with significant populations
 Liberia 518,000
 Ivory Coast 14,000
 Sierra Leone 12,000
Bassa language, English, Kru Pidgin English,
Related ethnic groups
Krahn, Kru, Grebo, Jabo

Not to be confused with Bassa people (Cameroon).

The Bassa are a people of Liberia, living in Grand Bassa, Rivercess, Margibi and Montserrado counties, who speak the Bassa language, a Kru language. They numbered about 350,000 in 1991. They have their own writing system, called Bassa Vah which was developed around 1900[citation needed]. There are also about 5000 in Sierra Leone. They practice Christianity, as well as indigenous religions.



  • Gordon, Raymond G., Jr. (ed.), 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fifteenth edition. Dallas, Tex.: SIL International. Online version.
  • Somah, Syrulwa (2003) Nyanyan Gohn-Manan History, Migration and Government of the Bassa.; Lightning Source Inc

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