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Bob Johnson keeps his promise to Liberia

By Ciata Victor

A Sneak Preview of RLJ Hotel and Resort at Kendejah, in Monrovia, Liberia

Robert. L. Johnson
Robert. L. Johnson, founder of the RLJ Companies, and founder of Black Entertainment Television, celebrated with a segment of the diplomatic and Liberian communities, at the grand opening of his latest business development, the R.L.J. Kendejah Resort & Villas located at Kendejah, in Monrovia, Liberia.

In 2007, Bob Johnson had made a promise to President Sirleaf and the Liberian people that he would aid in the reconstruction of Liberia by investing in the country. Since then Mr. Johnson has been actively participating in 3 major projects in Liberia: The R.L.J. Kendejah Resort & Villas; a 30 Million Dollars Investment Fund; and negotiations to facilitate flights between the US and Liberia via the US base carrier Delta Airlines.

On June 9th, 2009, journalist and photographers were taken on a tour of the completed R.L.J. Kendejah Resort & Villas which occupies some 13-acres of ocean front property. The 78-room villa style hotel has 2 presidential suites, a restaurant, a board room, a pool and deck, a spa, an exercise room, and according to the hotel general manager Ronald Stilting, plans are currently underway to add a volleyball court and a tennis court to the complex.

By making this investment in Liberia, Bob Johnson has added a beautiful hotel that is ideally located on the Atlantic beach front, to the Monrovia landscape. It greatly improves the look of the Kendejah area, increases the property value of land and home owners in the area and raises the standards of the hospitality industry in Liberia.

In addition to this, the hotel has already employed and trained 148 Liberians who now offer visitors to Liberia, accommodations and services of a 4 star rating. The Hotel and Resort also creates new business opportunities for Liberian entrepreneurs with products and services that can be utilize by the hotel.

When asked about his experience doing business in Liberia, Mr. Johnson replied, "great. I haven't had any problems. Like President said, Liberia is open for business".

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