On the 26th of June last month, Obama started his week long visit to Africa. Obama started his Africa tour in Senegal. Among many things he did, he clashed with the Senegalese president Macky Sall on the topic of Gay Rights. President Sall explained that Africans are not yet ready to decriminalize homosexuality whilst Obama stated that all human beings are equal.

Obama then left for South Africa where he met with Zuma, discussed trade issues, held a town-hall meeting in Soweto where he spoke to youth. He also met with Mandela’s family in private as well as with Desmond Tutu and visited the Robben Island where Mandela was held for the better part of his jail time during the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Obama left South Africa for Tanzania where he received a hero’s welcome. In Tanzania, Obama spoke about his vision for Africa (perhaps long overdue) as well as unveiling the Power Africa program. He also met face to face with former president George Bush to pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the embassy bombing in Tanzania.

US President Barack Obama (C) speaks on June 28, 2013 with Oumou Gadio (R) and Head Technical Advisor for National Cooperative Business Association Papa Sene during an event on food security in Dakar. Obama flies to South Africa later on June 27 to pay homage to his former President Nelson Mandela, who is fighting for his life in hospital.      AFP PHOTO/JIM  WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images ** TCN OUT **JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 29:  A young man shows his excitement as U.S. President Barack Obama calls on him for a question during a PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 29:  Images of Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama are depicted on wall covered with messages and flowers outside the MediClinic Heart hospital on June 29, 2013 in Pretoria. US President Barack Obama met with the former South African leader's family to offer prayers as Mandela continues to be treated for a lung infection.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)US President Barack Obama (R) and former US President George W. Bush arrive on July 2, 2013 for a wreath-laying ceremony for victims of the 1998 Embassy bombing at the Bombing Memorial at the US Embassy in Dar Es Salaam. Bush is in Tanzania for a forum of regional First Ladies, hosted by his wife Laura, which will also be attended by First Lady Michelle Obama.AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty ImagesUS President Barack Obama (L) talks with Senegal President Macky Sall during a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Dakar on June 27, 2013. US President Barack Obama lavished praise on Senegal as a paragon of democracy on Thursday and said it was leading a drive to good governance in Africa.   AFP PHOTO/JIM  WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Whether Obama’s visit to Africa is symbolic or out of guilt, only time will tell. But one thing that is undisputed is that…

..the Chinese know that, the US seem to have just realized, hopefully Africans know that. 

And Obama’s visit did not go without scrutiny by the way. Here is what some South Africans had to say to the president of the United States of America!