Gola people

The Gola or Gula are a tribal people living in western/northwestern Liberia and Eastern Sierra Leone. The Gola language is an isolate within the Niger–Congo language family; in 1991 it was spoken by 200,000 people. As of 2015, it is spoken by about 278,000 people.

The name Gola is a possible source for the name of the Gullah, a people of African origin living on the islands and coastal regions of Georgia and South Carolina, in the southeastern United States.

(1907) 06 Women of the Solah Tribe
Total population
Regions with significant populations
 Sierra Leone26,000
Gola, English, Krio
Christianity , Islam
Related ethnic groups
Kissi, Sherbro, Temne, Baga, Limba, Loko, Kpelle, Mende, Vai, Gbandi, Loma

Gola Historical Figures

Sande and Poro

Gola Women
Gola women of Liberia
Brooklyn Museum 74.64 Helmet Mask ndoli jowei for Sande Society
Sowei mask. In Gola and Kpelle it is known as "Zoegbe". Zoe-Gbay
Gola Helmet Mask (Gbetu) with Raffia Costume Brooklyn Museum
Helmet Mask (Gbetu) with Raffia Costume Brooklyn Museum

Gola and the Vai people were the first people to come up with Poro and Sande societies and it spread to the Kpelle, Mende and much more.

Gola Names

Gola names are very distinctive and similar to the Vai, Mende and Kpelle. Some male Gola names are Ciata, Seh/Sei, Tarweh, Momolu/Momo, Kayme, Sekou, Ansa, Baimba, Bonokai, Lamie (popular among Vai and Kpelle), Kaijaah, Varney, Varfee, Jallah, Kanneh, Kengbe, Gbessi/Gbessay, Kemokai, Pese, Karmo, Gbotoe, Konowa, Buyamah/Boimah (Popular among the Vai),Kpanna,Lumah (Kpelle and Loma), and Jahn.

Some female names are Fatu (popular among Vai, Mende, and Kpelle), Jebbeh (Vai and Mende), Miata, Hawa, Musu, Jandi/Jandae, Jumah, Kemah/Kaymah, Gbessi/Gbessay, Jenneh, Cianna, Maima (Vai and Kpelle), Famatta, Fatumatta (Fula and Malinke), Bendu, Jabateh, Nyanae, Kula, Kumba (Kissi and Loma), Siah, Tenneh (Vai, Mende and Kpelle), Mabasi, Wokie, Weyatta, Yattah, Kpannah, Tatu/Tartu, Somo, Jartu, Fofannah, Zoe, Massa, Yassa, Ciatta, Lorpu, and Somah

Names that Gola and Vai people give their twins are often Konah, Sando, and Zinnah. They are both boy and girl names.


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Gola may refer to:

Groups and tribes

Gola people, a tribal people and language in Liberia

Gola (Kumhar community), native to south-east Punjab, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Western Uttar Pradesh regions of IndiaPlace names

Gola, Nepal

Gola, Koprivnica-Križevci County, a town in Croatia

Gola Island or Oileán Ghabhla, a small uninhabited island off the coast of County Donegal in Ireland

Gola National Park in Sierra Leone

Gola (Aghavea), a townland in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Gola (Derrybrusk), a townland in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Gola (community development block), in Jharkhand, India

Gola Gokarannath, a city in Uttar Pradesh, India

A number of places in Poland:

Gola, Dzierżoniów County in Lower Silesian Voivodeship (south-west Poland)

Gola, Lubin County in Lower Silesian Voivodeship (south-west Poland)

Gola, Trzebnica County in Lower Silesian Voivodeship (south-west Poland)

Gola, Łódź Voivodeship (central Poland)

Gola, Gostyń County in Greater Poland Voivodeship (west-central Poland)

Gola, Grodzisk Wielkopolski County in Greater Poland Voivodeship (west-central Poland)

Gola, Jarocin County in Greater Poland Voivodeship (west-central Poland)

Gola, Kępno County in Greater Poland Voivodeship (west-central Poland)

Gola, Krosno Odrzańskie County in Lubusz Voivodeship (west Poland)

Gola, Gmina Sława in Lubusz Voivodeship (west Poland)

Gola, Gmina Szlichtyngowa in Lubusz Voivodeship (west Poland)

Gola, Namysłów County in Opole Voivodeship (south-west Poland)

Gola, Olesno County in Opole Voivodeship (south-west Poland)People

Tom Gola (1933 – 2014), American basketball player

Gölä (born 1968), Swiss rock musician

Gola, nickname for former Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola, it is a play on words for the term goal in soccerOther

Gola (manufacturer), a British sporting goods manufacturer

Gola in Hebrew refers to the Jewish diaspora

In Southern Asia, gola is a type of snow cone

Gola River in Uttarakhand India

Gola language

Gola is an erstwhile Atlantic language of Liberia and Sierra Leone. It is not closely related to other languages and appears to form its own branch of the Niger–Congo language family. However, Ethnologue lists Gola as a Mel language.

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