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.
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!