In December 2006, Dode Ackey made a trip to Benin to locate a site for the AIU campus. Working with local real estate agents, I located a beloved and historical site in the city of Ouidah, about 45 miles from the capital Cotonou. The total site area is 100 acres and is selling for about US$9,000 per acre. The site was selected because it represents places that were special to the heart and soul of Benin.
The landscape's most dominant feature is the mile-long coconut trees bordering on the road side of the lawn. The grandness of its space -- which is created by colonial buildings, structures, and plant material -- has been a very special place for the country of Benin.
As real estate prices are on the upward trend in most countries in Africa in general and in the country of Benin in particular, we invite you to make a donation so the AIU Foundation can secure the site for its future campus.
Some photos from the prospective campus site in Benin...