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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U.S. Election 2016: The African Continent Reacts to A Trump Victory

By George Bamu on November 9, 2016

Voice of America

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga speaking to U.S. Ambassador Robert Godec during an election results watch breakfast at the ambassador’s home in Nairobi, Nov. 9, 2016.

In the United States, the reaction to victory on Election Day by the Republican (GOP) candidate, Donald Trump was swift.  While many Democrats were stunned that their candidate, former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, failed to gain the 270 electoral votes needed to clinch the presidency, GOP faithful rallied to praise Trump.

Cable News Network (CNN) reported there were protests in at least 7 U.S. cities on November 9,  the day after the election.…

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Soyinka warns Africans not to sell themselves to the Chinese

By George Bamu on December 9, 2012

Tavis Smiley

Soyinka on Tavis Smiley

I like to call him “the man”, many call him “the gadfly, and still others call him “Africa’s only Nobel laureate in literature.”  His real name is Wole Soyinka, Nigerian writer and author.

The New York Times thinks he deserves some kind of secular sainthood. He just published his latest literary work, “Of Africa”, and it is garnering a lot of attention.

Soyinka came to my attention while I was still in high school and studying African literature. Through “The Swamp Dwellers” for example, one of his best works, I learned such things as contrast and irony in literature.…

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