Its hard to appreciate or underestimate the effect Barack Obama’s presidency has on Africans. That a black man, son of a Muslim Kenyan, is now President of the United States. Add in that he comes after the Bush years, which were seen as very arrogant, and his election was a watershed moment in American-African relations.
Now don’t even try to imagine the overwhelming pride of Ghana, a small West African, in being the first African country to host Obama after the election. Even walking among Ghanians after his visit, talking with everyone from taxi drivers to leading businessmen, I still can only glimpse at their happiness.Read More
If you ever find yourself on the road from Kisumu to Busia in western Kenya, be sure to make plans to stop by the side of the road about an hour outside of town. Why? Because you are going to cross the equator and this geographic event deserves a little respect.
Thanks to the Lions Club of Kisumu for the equator monument and thanks to the lenient taxi driver for indulging me on a sweltering hot afternoon.Read More