Lest We Forget: There Is An Obama Legacy for the African Continent

By George Bamu on January 2, 2017

Reuters/Newsweek

U.S. President Barack Obama holds a roundtable discussion with civil society leaders in Nairobi, Kenya, on July 26, 2015. Obama has sought to engage African leaders to help themselves during his presidency.

As Donald Trump prepares to to assume the U.S. presidency, we are continuing to look back at the important legacy of Barack Obama and his administration vis-à-vis the African continent.

On November 8, 2016, the election of Trump as the 45th president of the United States shook the world. Many people from the African continent who I spoke with the day of the election and in the weeks after, have told me how they experienced nightmares following the shocking decision by American voters.…

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In Case You Missed It: 5/16/16 – 5/22/16

By George Bamu on May 22, 2016

An A-29 Super Tucano. Nigeria may purchase up to 12 of the light attack planes.

The most important in this week’s headlines out of and about Africa, for those who need help catching up.

In this week’s news, The New York Times thinks it’s a bad idea for the Obama administration to sell arms to Nigeria at this time, and the news that Haiti would become a full member of the African Union is a big lie.

The New York Times Wants U.S. to Stop Arms Sale to Nigeria

As the war against Boko Haram intensifies, the Nigerian government is requesting the sale of sophisticated American-made planes to aid its fight against the terrorist group.…

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In Case You Missed It: 02/08/16 – 02/15/16

By George Bamu on February 15, 2016

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The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up.

In this week’s news, the Obama administration fiscal year budget 2017 requests 7.1 billion in assistance to the African continent, and former Chadean Leader, Hissene Habre, faces life in prison if convicted for crimes against humanity.

  • Obama Administration Allocates $7.1 Billion in Assistance to Africa

When U.S. President Barack Obama released his administration’s budget for fiscal year 2017, there was plenty in it, amounting to a record $4.1 trillion in proposed spending.

The Republican-controlled Congress has promised a fight with the administration to cut back on what it considers massive and unnecessary spending.…

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At year-end news brief, Obama strikes note of optimism on Ebola, America

By George Bamu on December 28, 2014

Obama Year-End News Conference

The White House

The pandemonium about Ebola in West Africa and the potential ripple effects it created in the United States and around the world may have subsided.

While the dangers remain, there is hope on the horizon.

Speaking during his traditional end-of-year news conference December 19, U.S. President–Barack Obama noted that,  ‘America knows how to solve problems, and when we work together, we can’t be stopped”

In his opening remarks, among other things, Obama noted that America is leading the global fight to deal with the Ebola crisis in West Africa. ‘We are leading the global fight to combat Ebola in in West Africa, and we are preventing an outbreak from taking place here at home”

Ebola: America Solves Problems

‘Through persistent effort and faith in the American people, things get better.’

Saying this seemed to be the general theme for his year-end message, the President beckoned the press corps to continue to report about these issues, even when things seem like they are ‘popping.’ Some of those things include race relations in the U.S.…

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Ignoring Africa during U.S. Elections won’t make it go away

By George Bamu on August 11, 2012

AP

Barack Obama/Mitt Romney

As Election Day in America draws close, U.S. voters are asking their candidates for office all sorts of questions. Some are questions the candidates and their campaigns don’t like or want to address right now. For example: What would you do about too many guns in the hands of Americans. That’s the question that has popped up in reaction to the recent shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin.

Yet, the ears of the world is tuned in to U.S. politics, as people listen and watch the spectacle of American democracy in action, the attack ads in the media, the machinations of Super PACs and money wars, plus the will of voters to vote as they please, to elect the leader of the free world.…

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Obama administration “ramping up” its Africa Policy

By George Bamu on July 29, 2012

White House

President Obama greets well-wishers during a trip to Ghana in 2009

As if the Obama administration is heeding complaints that it has not engaged with Africa enough since the president assumed office in 2009, a new focus on the continent appears to be gaining steam. These appear to be signs and a signal from the White House that is takes Africa seriously while Obama is  president of the United States.

First there was the June 14 Presidential Policy Directive geared towards sub-Saharan Africa. Now, the White House Office of Public Engagement is holding a conversation Monday, July 30 with hopes of soliciting feedback from those involved with Africa related issues.…

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White House unveils plans for increased ties with sub-Saharan Africa

By George Bamu on June 14, 2012

White House unveils plans for increased ties with sub-Saharan Africa

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Africa and Obama: Is this the end of history?

By Africa Agenda on February 19, 2009

Young African professors speaking out

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Young African professors speaking out

In what was a vibrant discussion about the fate of Africa in this new era of change and the US presidency, a panel composing some young and dynamic African professors presented their thoughts on where Africa is headed now that a black man with African roots, Barrack Obama, holds the highest office in the so-called free world.

That office is the presidency of the United States under the command and leadership of Barrack Obama.

Assistant professors Dr. Lucas Shamala, Dr. Derrick Hudson, visiting professors Dr. Wonderful Bere and Dr.…

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Hope for Africa in lead up to Obama Inauguration

By George Bamu on January 12, 2009

These days, all roads lead to Washington, where senator Barrack Obama will be inaugurated on January 20 as the 44th president of the U.S.

The expectations of what Obama will do for Africa are high. Whether Africa will gain from an Obama presidency or not is the subject of much chatter on many Africa blogs, email groups, television shows.

What is everyone talking about? Who has done more or could do more for Africa?

Outgoing President–George W. Bush has touted PEPFAR (The Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) as a monumental achievement for him, with millions of lives that have been saved through AIDS medicine.…

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