Whatever the outcome of US president Barrack Obama‘s visit to Africa could be, the whole trip will not leave a mark in our memories, in fact dark memories have already taken prudence over positiveness in our minds. Let me explain!
By now, no one knows what happened to his plans to assist Uganda in search for Joseph Konyi -a rebel leader of Lords Resistant Army. And whether he achieved his goals or failed. Hell no! He will not go to Uganda too.
Africans love their own like a baby elephant in wildlife family. Believe it not, the US president made a big mistake by snubbing Kenya in his visit to Africa…
In my community, one is considered to have reached at home only when the person has set foot in their land. I don’t know how others see about this, but to me, his trip is irrelevant if he would not pay a surprise visit to his father’s land.
His first speech was not received as he expected in Senegal on the issue of homosexuality. In African, Obama has to understand that people are conservatives in their culture and that no one can force them to acquire a foreign cultures because of time -generation.
This shows that our big brother did not consider sensitive and controversial issues -in African perspective- before trying to tackle them head on.
Let me repeat this once more, ‘Africa love their own too much’. In this period of time, most people in Africa are in prayers for their hero -the former S. Africa president Nelson Mandela who is in hospital in critical condition.
It would take a miracle for the US president to turn people’s mind from their ailing leader, the most respected man Africa has ever had, when he lands in S. Africa to addresses economic issues and bilateral ties between Africa and the US.
Though Barrack Obama deserves the best reception and audience from the South African state, his timing comes with a backlash. To add on these, he should be very careful when handling Madiba’s ailing issue.
If you have been following Kenya media, then you already know that two great businessmen have hit back with a ‘NO Please’ to Obama’s invitation to his conference in Tanzania. The Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore and Chris Kirubi refused to honor the US president’s call and majority of Kenyans have relayed their support for that decision.
I don’t know what would happen to to his intended video conference to Kenyan youths. So far not good!
- Obama brings gay rights cause to Africa (capitalfm.co.ke)
- Kenyans in small uproar as Obama Africa trip bypasses his father’s homeland (csmonitor.com)
- Kenya won’t crumble over Obama no-show (capitalfm.co.ke)