Obama’s Ghana Visit Sets A New Tone In US-Africa Relations

Par2662844In the past forty years, African Americans have increasingly traveled to Africa in order to stand on the grounds that their ancestors were stolen from – actively passing through a door that slave traders vowed they would never return. On Friday and Saturday in Accra, throngs of Ghanaians enthusiastically received President Obama and his family to their country as they followed in the footsteps of so many African American families before them in returning to their perceived homeland. And while swarming crowds have followed Obama at almost every stop on his international travels, it was his reception in Ghana that speaks to the ways in which Obama’s “Yes We Can” optimism may usher in a sea change in U.S.-African relations.


Pictured: US President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with his Ghanean counterpart John Atta-Millson July 11, 2009 before talks at Osu Castle, the government headquarters and a former slave trading fort, in Accra. The visit marks Obama’s first to subsaharan African as president.Huge crowds lined the streets of Accra hoping to catch a glimpse of the first black US president, the son of an African immigrant, after he arrived from the Group of Eight summit in Italy. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)