Obama is Loved in Africa

Sometimes the way I am received by others in their countries is dependent on which U.S. president is currently in office.  While traveling around Africa, I found that the majority of the people love President Barack Obama.

Here is an example of a conversation(where Obama is mentioned):

Obama Truck

Me:  How much does this cost?
Local Vendor: I will give you a special price because you are my first customer.
Me:  Ok. I feel lucky today.  (I am secretly thinking that whatever he/she says, I will offer to pay 1/4 of the price).
Local Vendor:  Where are you from?
Me:  United States
Local Vendor:  Obama Land. Did you know Obama is from Africa?
Me:  (I smile).

President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Obama’s father was from the Nyanza Province of Kenya.  When I landed in Nairobi, Kenya, the locals I met along the way were super excited to hear that I was from the United States.  Many of the locals have a huge sense of pride with Obama and have the largest smile when talking about him.

As I traveled throughout Africa, I found lots of Obama memorabilia.  From shirts to banners to small souvenirs, he is quite popular.  The most interesting item I had seen was an truck covered in the colors of the U.S. flag and Obama’s face imprinted on the door of the truck.  Obama’s famous phrase, “Yes we can” also appeared on various things including a paper banner during the election period in Tanzania. 

Child dressed in Obama shirt in Malawi


About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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