Africa to Obama: Mind your own business

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“[The US] was complicit in the murder of Patrice Lumumba, supported apartheid South Africa against Nelson Mandela and his African National Congress (ANC, whom it declared terrorists), financed the terrorist organisation National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), and propped up incompetent and corrupt tyrants like Mobutu, Samuel Doe, and Siad Barre.

Instead of coming to lecture, Obama should have had the humility to come and apologise to Africans for his country’s sadistic adventures on our continent.”

US President Obama’s long-anticipated visit to Kenya this month has been met with a mixed reaction from across the African continent. Amongst the fanfare and warm welcome he received from Kenyans, there was a noticeable, and rightfully (in my opinion) indignant rumbling of dissent from a number of Kenyan and African journalists, bloggers and Tweeters about the arrogance and hypocrisy of his address.

To increasingly see these opinions, views and concerns appearing in the mainstream like…

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