In 2005, the idea of a French Centre with both academic and cultural missions on the Legon campus was discussed between the Vice-Chancellor and the French Ambassador.
It took two and a half years to renovate and extend the facilities on the corner of the Reginald Amonoo Building and to write the statutes. Following an agreement signed with the University of Ghana and the French Embassy the Maison Française came into being.
The facilities include a Resource & Information Centre on the pursuit of higher education studies in France, a digital language laboratory with a sitting capacity of 10, dedicated to crash courses in French for Ghanaian students wishing to get their PhD from a French university in any subject, and two offices for visiting lecturers from France or Francophone countries.
The centre will also foster debate and provide a window for French and Francophone cultures due to its multipurpose room with a sitting capacity of 100 to be used for colloquia, theatrical performances and film shows, and its exhibition room.
It will be officially opened today March 20 2008 on Francophonie Day, followed at 2.30 pm by the Award Ceremony of the Francophonie Contest, and a conference by Ivorian philosopher, poet and novelist, Tanella Boni on “the Challenges faced by writers in Africa”.