President Barack Obama’s visit to Africa is the topic of our Twitter discussion this week. Central to this conversation is the fact that Obama is a US President and thus African countries should treat him as such. As usual the conversation has began behind the scene and this is what some of our contributors here had to say;
Views from @Postblackhist
As US President Barack Obama prepares for his three-nation tour of Africa what does this trip reveal about how the United States defines its interests and its future role on the African continent?
What do his speeches reveal about the ability, or inability of the American government to recognize the emergence of a “New Africa”?
How has American policy toward Africa, south of the Sahara, changed — if at all — under his administration in contrast to previous American presidents?
What policy changes will the Obama administration propose to promote more reciprocal economic relationships with African states?
What does Washington’s new strategy of “Western money and African boots”, as an alternative to large scale wars, mean for government officials in African states? What does this approach mean for ordinary people in those states?
What steps is the US prepared to take to address the human rights concerns being raised by NGOs about abuses by military and police forces that have received training or assistance from the US for “counter-terror” activities?
What can the American government do to promote mutually beneficial and reciprocal partnerships and relationships between American businesses and businesses on the African continent — or should the American government just get out of the way?
Views from @cejugbo
Many Nigerians feel sulky about Obama not visiting the country.
Is Obama right to shun the self-proclaimed giant of Africa?
What does his choice of countries tell us about his priorities?
After the euphoria of having not just the first black president but the son of a born and bred Kenyan, many people have become disappointed with Obama’s liberal views on issues such as gay marriage and women’s rights.
Can African leaders afford to be as liberal as Obama?
We get offended when outsiders preach of dictate to us, yet we expected Obama to play a bigger role and have more influence on African issues and leaders.
Is Obama to keep a distance from African affairs?Africans/Blacks have often complained about discrimination in Europe and America, and many end up changing their surnames to fit it. Here we have the most powerful man on earth with real African name and surname. Can we now all say yes we can?
What can our African leaders learn from Obama?
Views from @Msuwonkunda
Often it’s brought about him being one of Africa’s biggest sons and back in 2008 Kenya granted people a “public holiday” following the first elections and New African just named him among its 50 under 50 list of Africans making the waves in the world.
Do we as Africans often forget Barack Obama is first and foremost America’s president and will always have US’ interests at heart before anything else?
Are we as Africans quick to claim anyone as long as they have African blood in themselves despite doing nothing for the continent?
Indeed a lot has been made of President Obama’s visit to three African countries that a story about George Bush’s visit to Tanzania 2-3rd July has received very little coverage. Bush is often hailed as having done more to advance Africa’s development than Obama.
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