n African Renaissance - Obama and the politics of Africa visit

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


The planned visits to Egypt and Ghana by President Obama on June 4, 2009 and July 10-11, 2009 respectively, have been generating some excitement, angst and recriminations. For the favoured countries, especially Ghana, there has been a certain chest thumping, a belief that the choice is a reward for good governance and / or an enhanced strategic importance of the country to the USA. Among the countries not favoured, in particular Nigeria, which prides itself as the giant of Africa, there is palpable anger among the citizens. The general consensus seems to be that the country was snubbed as a way of sending a powerful message to the government of the day that it has not lived up to expectations. Nigerians appear particularly slighted that it was 'little' Ghana that was chosen over their country, an apparent indication of how much their country has been diminished by a visionless leadership.

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