Gbarma is one of the five districts in Gparpolu County, the newest of Liberia’s fifteen sub-divisions. It is in an area that was previously known as Lower Lofa County. The district is predominantly inhabited by Gola people. The population of Gbarma district is currently estimated to be 15,972 people (male-8567, female-7405). According to oral history, they originated from ancient Sudan. The Golas are a warrior tribe, who it is claimed were very suspicious of strangers. They settled in this area after migrating from Kongba, near the Sierra Leonean border with Liberia. They migrated in search of the sea and trade with other communities.