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Obama speaks, Africa listens

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 14, 2009

US President Barack Obama, on his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa since taking office, has said Africa must take charge of its own destiny in the world. Mr Obama told parliament in Ghana during a one-day stay that good governance was vital for development. Major challenges awaited Africans in the new century, he said, but vowed that the US would help the continent. The US president’s trip came at the end of a summit of eight of the world’s most powerful nations, held in Italy. Ghana was chosen as the destination for the president’s visit because of its strong democratic record. After his speech, Mr Obama headed to Cape Coast Castle, a seaside fortress converted to the slave trade by the British in the 17th Century. He was accompanied by his wife, Michelle, a descendant of African slaves, and both of his young daughters.

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Memo to President Obama

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 14, 2009

Re: What You Should Tell Ghanaians and Africans

Thank you Mr. President for the honor done my motherland by making it your first destination on your “homecoming” trip to your ancestral continent since you became the first Black President of the United States of America. The biggest and loudest Kpanlogo and fontonfrom drums will pipe you and First Lady Michelle to a rapturous AKWAABA. The cheers would be thunderous and the smiles that will greet you brighter than the glow of a full moon.

Kofi Aduhene

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