Saturday, July 11, 2009

Obama In Ghana - A View From Accra

The long awaited day has finally come. The Black and Bright Star of Africa now blossoms in the sky. From the moment, the Air Force 1 landed on the tarmac of the Kotoka International Airport, I knew and believed that, the black man is now free after several years of bondage.

At exactly, 21:15GMT, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama with their two children, Sasha and Malia came out of the doorway, descended down the stairs and was met on arrival by His Excellency Pro. John Evans Atta Mills, Vice President John Mahama and other top government officials.

Barack Obama is indeed the first black President of the United States of America. I believe by now, everyone is much aware of this fact. He’s an aspiration to Africans, thus our happiness. His visit to Ghana, the first country in Africa, south of the Sahara to win an independence from the colonial masters is a great tribute to freedom fighters all over the world.

God has already anointed Africa (GHANA) was the acronym I got from a Liberian refugee last week at the mall in the hopes of getting some small coins for tro-tro… Ghana is truly the gateway to Africa…!!

A walk down memory lane saw Ghana hosting three sitting American Presidents. 1965 was Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah hosting John F. Kennedy, 2000 saw Ex- President Jerry John Rawlings hosting Bill Clinton, the year 2008 saw Ex-President John Agyekum Kuffour also hosting George W. Bush and today, His Excellency Prof. John Evans Atta Mills hosting His Excellency, the President of the United States of America and his wife and children, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama and Malia Obama..

I sampled views from a cross-section of colleagues at my work place and the following was their questions. I asked, “If given the chance to ask Barack Obama one question, what would it be…??” Below are the questions……..

  1. What is his policy on domestic oil and when will America start producing its own oil and stop depending on the Middle East???
  2. What’s his actual purpose of coming to Ghana? Why Ghana and not his fathers native country, Kenya?
  3. Would he allow me to marry one of his daughters in future? (Shim asked this one!)
  4. Is his coming to Ghana, a mere visit or for America’s gain especially in out newly found oil?
  5. How does he want to end his political career as the 44th President of the United States
  6. What lessons in his life will he want to the Blacks (Africans) to pick as most youth look at him as their mentor?

Barack Obama’s coming to Ghana has really sparked a lot of arguments and heat, here and there. Kenyans are naturally disappointed. But if Obama had gone to Kenya, it would be interpreted as a homecoming rather than a strategic visit by a U.S president…!

I would be extremely happy and glad if the following questions raised are answered for me. All criticism, feedbacks and comments are dearly welcome. They actually inspires me to write more..!!

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God bless Ghana! God Bless America!! God Bless!!!

I’m a Ghanaian Blogger….!!!


Michelle said...

Why Ghana and not Kenya? It's a question that I've been writing about on one of my blogs, By The People:

From the comments the president has made, it seems clear he selected Ghana because it is a model of democratic governance. Here's some quotes from his speech about it:

Hubert O'Kollerberg said...

I enjoyed reading a couple of blogs on Obama's visit but this one got me coming back. Its very detailed and precise. Got facts in there too. I believe, Barack Obama choose Ghana because of the democratic way, you've proven of ourselves. I believe in Ghana and shall forever remain a Ghanaian. Keep doing your thing. Nice blog you have there...!!!

Edward: said...

Obama's visit to Ghana was strategically organised. It is a thumbs' up for Ghana's growing democracy. I always say this, our democracy is no where near where Obama wants it to be but it certainly is the best in the African region. Going to Kenya would have not made his point and vision clear.