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Who Is the Owner of American University of Nigeria (AUN)? Finally Revealed!

American University of Nigeria (AUN) is a privately owned American-styled university in Nigeria located in Yola, Adamawa state, Nigeria. It was established to offer American-style liberal arts higher education at undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels.

It is no surprise that American University of Nigeria is a private university with it’s stand out as first of it kind American-style university in Sub-Sahara Africa. However, it may be surprising to hear that AUN is founded by an individual with assistance and advice from American University (AU) in Washington, DC.

But how have they been able to achieve these feat? In the case of AUN, there is a determined founder and owner who is ensuring the success, influence and fast growing of the institution.

I know you’re already asking yourself, who is the owner of American University of Nigeria? . Read through as we unveil the founder and owner of AUN.

In these article, I will be revealing to you the brain behind the first ever American-styled university in the Sub-Sahara Africa and brief history about the institution.

Who owns American University of Nigeria?

AUN is owned and founded by former vice president of Nigeria Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, GCON in Yola (capital of his home state) Adamawa, Nigeria.

Atiku Abubakar who has served as vice president of Nigeria under the Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo regime between 1999 to 2007 first found AUN as ABTI American University of Nigeria after seeking advice from the American University, Washington DC to found first American-style university in Africa.

However, The AUN Board of Trustees consists of one American, Tulane Professor of Public Health, Dr. William Ellis Bertrand, and 12 eminent Nigerians, with Senator Ben Obi as Chairman of the Governing Council.

When Was American University of Nigeria Founded?

Founded and owned by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, AUN was founded and licensed in 2003 as ABTI University and the ground for buildings was set up October 2004. However, The first class of students—124 in all—was admitted in the Fall of 2005/Spring 2006.

However, it is said that AUN was officially founded in 2004.

American University of Nigeria Name History

Atiku Abubakar having first established a private primary and secondary school, ABTI Academy in 2002. He went further to approached the American University (AU) in Washington, DC, for advice and assistance in establishing an American-style university.

That university was licensed as ABTI University in 2003, and the ground was broken for the buildings in October 2004. It was later renamed to ABTI American University of Nigeria after setting up an outstanding international Board of Trustees, which included Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, Professor Robert Pastor (1947–2014) from AU, Washington, and a chairman, Ahmed Joda, CFR, a distinguished indigenous technocrat.

In 2007, the name of the institution was changed to its present name of American University of Nigeria (AUN) with the pioneer class of 92 students graduated in 2009.


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Founder and editor at AcademyPathways. Habeeb is a National Diploma(ND) holder of Statistics graduated from the highly esteemed The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Nigeria. With over a decade of experience in the education sector and career setting, Habeeb provides first hand information on educational and career related topics.

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