Jan 28, 2009

Visiting Scholar G. Pascal Zachary on Obama and Africa

From the Independent newsmagazine, Uganda

What Obama didn’t say about Africa in his inaugural address?

By G. Pascal Zachary

In a dusty remote village in eastern Uganda, I stare across a mud-hut at a retired government worker who echoes the millions of people across of Africa, young and old, women and men, who want Barack Obama, the next American president, to be their leader too.

“As Obama is an African himself, he will help to develop Africa for those of us here,” says Abraham Wekabira of Bukhalu, Uganda.

Wekabira’s words – and the hope and dreams of many Africans – contain a large measure of fantasy. The United States faces dangerous economic problems and is mired in two wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan....


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