Ghana and Obama

Since Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, the people of Ghana have had a love bordering on obsession for the U.S. President. This was fueled by his July 2009 visit to the country, in which he visited well-known sites such as Cape Coast and Lake Bosumtwe. His face is ubiquitous; there are Obama biscuits, most taxis have Ghanaian and American flags hanging side by side on their dashboards with Obama’s face on the American version, and there is even Obama underwear! Well-known radio DJ Blakk Rasta has recorded two songs showing his support of Obama, and there are large signs all over the country welcoming him. Although some speculate that Obama’s interest in Ghana is oil-based, there’s no denying that he has become a well-liked and respected man of politics, in a stark contrast from the last American Commander-in-Chief. It’s as black and white as that.


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