Rich in History, Sanniquellie Deserves a Second Look


As humans, we travel for different reasons. But we hate a boring destination because it leaves us with an experience of lack. Boring destinations offer little or no excitement, and that’s exactly what happened to me a few days ago.

After having a nice travel experience to Ganta, I continued my journey to Sanniquellie, the Capital City of Nimba County. But less than fifteen minutes into the journey, I started feeling annoyed and tired.

The bad road and lack of lively activities on the way made me increasingly restless. However, I held on to the hope that Sanniquellie must have something to offer.

However, the opposite happened as Sanniquellie turned out to be a ghost town (nothing much happening in the town) devoid of amazing social activities or lifestyles to offer travellers. After touring the town for a few minutes, I started to hate the place, calling it worthless for travel.

My irritation, however, subsided upon discovering the city’s hidden secret on my way back to Ganta.

The hidden secret is the old Presidential Palace where the initial talks that led to the formation of the Organization of African Unity (now African Union) took place between Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Ahmed Sékou Touré of Guniea and William V.S. Tubman of Liberia.

Now neglected, with a dirty compound, the building itself presents the 1950s traditional architecture design style in Liberia. Besides, it embodied the beginning of the pan African movement that liberated Africa from colonial rule.

As I observed this historical building, and the three palava huts built for the presidents during the talks – which lost their historical values years ago after undergoing modernization – I came to the realization that Sanniquellie has some historical values that need looking at.

Upon my return to Ganta before heading to Monrovia, I came to the conclusion that though Sanniquellie may bore many, it still has the potential to inspire others.

In our age, philosophers say a boring destination is sometime necessary. “A certain amount of boredom is essential to a happy life,” wrote British philosopher Bertrand Russell. His fellow Briton, the author and seasoned traveler Aldous Huxley agreed. “Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable,” he said. “It is the symbol of his liberty – his excessive freedom.”

Also, a boring destination makes travelers stronger and better as well as helping them to expand their traveling skills and experience, finding beauty and meaning, and excitement, too.


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