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Saturday, 11 July 2009

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Augustine S, Canada

Speech well delivered. It was above expectations. He struck on corruption and good governance, what i wanted to hear. African leaders are stifling the progress of their own nations. I wish his administration goes a long way to exposing corrupt African leaders, punish them by freezing their assets and issuing traveling bans on them and their families. Obama is the kind of leader we need in this world. If only African leaders were to have just an iota of his intelligence, courage, honesty and love for humanity, I bet you poverty, disease and conflicts would be a thing of the past.
May God bless our dear continent.

UnitedstatesofAfrica

"We must start from the simple premise that Africa's future is up to Africans."

CO-SIGN

Ras Tuge

Well, the spotlight has finally turned towards the Promise Land! There's a good reason why African children in the West Indies, and the US feel strongly that repatriation time as preached by Marcus Garvey, has finally come.

Hordes of African Americans are heavily engaged in the business of tracing their African roots, and many actually visit the various countries that they are linked with by the DNA analysis. Renowned American stand-up comedian Chris Rock, found out that his roots are Cameroonian and hopes to visit Cameroon soon.

All these occurs at a time when lugubrious and peevish doubting Thomases from Cameroon donot even regard the country as their beloved home any more. And they expect others to sweat and fix the place for them as they shamelessly watch from afar!

Well, thanks Barack for reminding Africans of the need to depend on themselves in order to be able to create the viable institutions that will hold egocentric African leaders accountable.

All in all, a process has developed which promises within this our knowledgeable generation to make Africa a much better place than we have witnessed this far. The dark continent shall never be the same again.

Like i've said many times before, as African children we must engage ourselves and sacrifice our different skills at various levels to create sustainable governance that will ensure a thriving future for the continent. Remember your roots, remember your history. We've been beggars for long!

I wish Ghana's fledgling democracy all the best of luck. I hope it will be equitable in the long term. In this our time, Africa must undergo an utter transformation, and ubiquitous justice must prevail. We're going to rise! Jah bless the humble African mother, father and child!

Emmanuel

Home run. Talk, talk, talk, all of it old crap, and ghoulish, to boot.

It does take two to tango. And, Africans are silly to listen to lectures on corruption from the leader of the hegemon of financial, moral and political corruption; it took two to tango with the slave trade, colonialism, and now the era of "partnership."

Look, this talk of "partnership" is a lie. Only subststantive, not notional equals, can enter into partnerships.

Most African countries are in no position to partner with the financial elephants of the hegemon, which are supported by the wall street leaning, elite educated Obama. He has no choice, even if he were a hundred percent African. The system demands that financial capital run the show. And, financial capital can be vicious in defense of the buck.

Again, it is time that African youth 'kill' their fathers, these good for nothing bootlickers of the West.

Totalsuccess

The triumph

The tide has turned.
Now you see not but
soon shall see.

There is a wind for every season;
this wind has come
just in time for the harvest;
be brave and purposed.

Justice's scale cannot be compromised;
not by man or his trickery

The tide has turned.
Now you see not
but soon shall see.

Renew your conviction.
Renew, yes renew your conviction
in justices ultimate triumph

Here and beyond.
In your personal affairs
and all life.

Yes, renew.
Renew your conviction in
life's ultimate victory.

Blaise Courage

It was a great speech and it comes to remind us of our responsibilities as Africans, that we can effectively build our continent to become a beacon of hope in a dark world. Let us rise up, together with other patriots who are already doing great things in little ways back home, to build the kind of society we will have loved to see by now. Let's give the next generation the opportunities we never had. I must however state that comments and ideologies from people like Emmanuel are the kind of things that still keep most people in stagnation.

Reex, Flames

The same rhetoric... I wonder when people stop believing and start acting... We don't need speeches on hope and pledges -they serve to anesthetize the population, that their problems shall be solved -they should hope for the solutions. When the financial crisis hit the US, the President said something similar about the responsibility of Americans to take the charge...Well contri pipo, most Americans are not even in control of their financial lives, lest responsible for the financial collapse, which were created by a greedy clique of bankers.

Then he repeated the same speech in Cairo about responsibility of the Arabs to find everlasting peace in the Middle East - No comment on this

Now, he is paraphrasing the same to us, as if the ills and exploits of slave trade and colonialism was of our own doing. If he is to give a good lecture, maybe he should start telling his European partners to tow away from Africa and then he follows suit in the Middle East and Latin America.

Well, Obama's speeches are well-written by an impressive staff to do a formidable job. What else do we expect from him? Speeches from his heart about the realities of our current world?

Massa, let us Africans work out our solutions. We may afterward invite Obama to share roasted corn and groundnuts at the fire side and discuss the politics on the ground - neither Ivy League stuff nor the usual double-talk demonstrated by the Western World, those speeches could be reserved to later occasions, when every hungry stomach in Africa has been filled!

Oyez

Just two more things are required, and it will go a long way:

1) Deny African rulers, their families and their lieutenants the right to foreign bank accounts and foreign property of any kind.
2) Deny African rulers any kind of medical care outside of Africa.

Those are the only two things we ask the West to do, and we will take care of the rest.


Isat

I can't quite remember, but I wonder why Obama for all his oratory and "big talk" did not offer a sermon on democracy, etc when he gave his speech in Cairo-Egypt.

Let me guess: It wasn't a matter of concern... Or is it simply harder to tell middle-eastern nations what they should practice than to "preach" to "despotic" sub-Saharan Africans.

I've heard from many corners that Obama chose Ghana because of its democracy - and what of Egypt then? A country with a leader who has been in power since 1981!

Oops... I'm sorry... It's surely the case of "each nation gives life to democracy in its own way, and in line with its own traditions."

U.S. interests dictate decisions taken by U.S. politicians. Glossing over their talk - however fresh - is at our own risk and peril.

Yet,it was another sweet speech from Barack Obama. Give a man his due praise: he can hold a crowd with his talking!

What we should really keep as a reminder are these words:"Africa's future is up to Africans."

And take note: Obama is not African. His grand-father who cooked for the Brits and his father were Africans. He is American and his country's interests rule supreme - no matter how many songs we sing in his praise.

Man wey yi get ear make yi hear.

NNOKO JOHNSON

Africa doesn't need strongmen, it needs strong institutions.
MR Biya please take note of this phrase and learn,we dont want u out,but we need strong institutions,please please...

PROUDPAYISAN

OBAMA IS A NICE TALKER. HE IS ONE OF MY IDOLS. BUT I'VE GROWN TOO SUSPICIOUS OF THE US FOREIGN POLICY AND ALL I SEE IS THE QUEST FOR THE BLACK GOLD RECENTLY DISCOVERED IN GHANA... THAT NOT WITHSTANDING, I STILL THINK HE WAS RIGHT IN COMING TO GHANA FIRST AS GHANA IS THE ONLY BEACON AND FLAG BEARER OF DEMOCRACY AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE IN AFRICA.
CAPE COAST CASTLE IS A NICE PLACE FOR ANY PERSON WISHING TO HAVE FIRSTHAND INSIGHT INTO THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OUR FOREFATHERS WERE FORCED TO UNDERTAKE TO THE AMERICAS BUT AS IT IS, THATS WHERE THE OIL HAS BEEN DISCOVERED IN GHANA...
I HOPE OTHERS LEARN FROM GHANA... GOD BLESS AMAERICA...

Danny Boy

I remember reading somewhere that Nkrumah, Ziks and co held Truman to account on the small matter of "self-determination" as enshrined in the UN Charter. When Churchill, and the British Government, signed the San Francisco charter, he thought, the principle of self determination applied only to Whites!!!! When Truman summoned him to the White House and told him otherwise, after listening to Nkrumah et al, Churchill stated that the US were simply jealous of the British Empire. It is for this simple reason that Churchill is viewed by many today as a racist. This is a true story and I would be grateful to any historian out there who can fill the gaps. This was a defining momment in the history of decolonization.
The reason I am mentioning this is for the simple reason that ideas have consequences. Mr. President has spoken and he is quite clear about what needs to be done to our failing institutions. I am sure if we the people can challenge him on his promises of assistance in partnership, he will deliver.
Therefore, with regards to Cameroon, I would suggest as a starter, that our Brothers and Sisters in the US form a group, that is non-partisan, to lobby his Government for this assistance as declared. Let us hold him to his word, like Nkrumah and co did to Truman.


Oyez

Truman was an admirable and straight forward person. What he lacked in charisma, he more than made up for with honesty and commonsense. I remember this story as well. He is the one who had the sign on his desk that said, "The Buck Stops Here" which indicates ultimate responsibility and lack of fear. He also desegregated the US military, which had been previously segregated by race. He did it without fanfare and with a straightforward order, and was ready for any backlash. Nothing happened. The army did as ordered and life went on.

African countries which want to clean up need Trumans, not flashy but practical with no tolerance for bullshit and sycophants. Yang in his recent rejection of overtures from North west fons showed a Trumanesque quality. Unfortunately, he really has no power.

Che Sunday

A copy of this speech need to sent to the Champs Elysee so that the tenants in that God forsaken cage can start telling their stewards, the likes of Biya that they can only govern with the approval of those they govern. Countries that have so much to offer like Cameroon, Congo, Gabon and DRC are either best by inept leadership or meaningless wars. Francs not only encourages corruption, it sets up the machinery through which it is perfected in Africa. The heads of states are hand picked, Elf then then starts the bribery rounds. The nations savings are seated in the French treasury, and these goons use it as they see fit. Francs uses the rest for private investments anywhere in the world, except Africa.
Then when the citizens are fed up and want to follow the money trail to France, they are called illegal aliens and deported. Just the interest on their respective countries money is good enough to keep them going for the rest of their lives. What exactly does France produce to keep it competitive with the rest of industrialized world? How many French cars do you see on the streets of any industrialized nation? I have a bone to pick with France and does challenge any Frenchman out there to a debate on France's contribution to African underdevelopment. Any Frenchie willing to take the challenge?

Bob Bristol

After reading such a well scripted piece, two things are evident. On the one hand, there is his goodwill and solidarity towards Africans and all the suppressed people of the world and on the other, he has an obligation to advance the progress of the US. The latter cannot be achieved to a certain extend without the exploitation of the suppressed people that he seems to have at heart. I'm afraid Obama can't even freeze the accounts of rulers like Biya because America badly needs the money.

However, optimism still finds its way because the old power-obsessed and mentally deficient African tyrants are preparing to be Bongolised.

Reex, Flames


Hmmm...I beg to disagree with Oyez on views about Truman. Truman was a politician influenced by self-interest. I don't find him admirable, with his decisions of dropping the A-bomb on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, despite evidence that the war was already at its end-point. The bomb did a deadly toll on the civilian population than on the military - excesses of war you may say.

Secondly desegregation benefited the white soldiers more than the blacks. It paved the way for more black soldiers to be sent to the war front while whites were retained as their commanding officers. This explains why the death toll of African-American soldiers were almost twice those of the whites at the Vietnam war.

Let us just acknowledge, Africa's role is just a pawn in global politics, as the powerful countries race to gain her resources. Any form of speeches or 'goodwill' gestures are forms of gentle persuasive brainwashing of Africans and competition among these powers to outsmart each other.

If we want to taste freedom, then we have to sacrifice our differences, greed, tribalism, short-sightedness, reliance on foreign aid. We must also increase our bargaining power. We have the resources they need and should be in the position to control prices - not they!

Oyez

It is not desegregation that caused disproportionately more black soldiers to be killed in Vietnam. It was conscription. More white kids such as Bill Clinton and Dick Cheney were able to take deferments from joining up because they were in College. The military became the first desegregated institution and remains the most desegregated institution.

I knew someone would bring up the atomic bomb. WW2 was generally very brutal on civilian populations. Numerous examples can be cited such as the Japanese massacres of various cities in China and the firebombing of Dresden and the siege of Stalingrad. The danger of owning nuclear weapons is that if countries are highly stressed, they could be used. India and Pakistan have gone dangerously close a number of times. In the case of World War II, taking on Japan on Japanese soil in a land campaign would have proved incredibly costly for America, because the Japanese would not have surrendered. It would have been Iwo Jima on a massive scale drawn over at least 2 more years. It was an unfortunate decision but perhaps in Truman's shoes, I would have taken it.

Moreover, since we are both Monday quarter backing, if you ask they Japanese if they would have preferred being conquered by the Soviets rather than the Americans, they would say America. Atomic bombs notwithstanding. The Soviets at the time had already occupied some Northern Islands of Japan, and had their own plans for the total control of the territory.

johny boy

wow good to know,we got good historians in pays,na waooh.pls lets use this knowledge to built our pays,....oyez what a good brain u got there...

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