"Africa And Obama: What The Continent Should Do In His Second Term"
November 9, 2012
Author: Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development; Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project; Principal Investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa
"Euphoria swept across Sub-Saharan Africa when Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the United States in 2008. Kenya, the ancestral home of his father, declared a national holiday to mark his victory.
His re-election in 2012 has generated little celebration. This is mainly because in the last four years Africa has learned to relate to President Obama as a leader of another sovereign state and not as a relative of whom much is expected.
President Obama's seeming distance from the continent has helped Africa to reflect on its place in the world in a more mature and self-reliant way.
Obama's first term coincided with major diplomatic events that significantly altered the way Africa views the United States...."
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