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Barack Obama has failed Africa

The US leader might have roots in the continent but he has been more style than substance

By Ismail Einashe  
President Obama in Kenya © (AP/Ben Curtis)

President Obama in Kenya © (AP/Ben Curtis)

Last Friday, the first Kenyan-American President of the United States returned to the country of his father’s birth. He arrived in Nairobi amid tight security (Kenya’s airspace was shut down). He was greeted by his half-sister Auma Obama as well as President Uhuru Kenyatta. Kenyatta had been facing charges of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for allegedly stoking ethnic violence after Kenya’s 2007 presidential elections. The violence cost the lives of 1,200 people and…

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