Africa’s Prospects in the Obama Presidency

  • Macharia Munene United States International University Kenya


There is a lot of curiosity on the direction that the relationship between Africa and the United States, which has, at times, been hostile and disappointing, amusing and inspirational, will take because of Obama's unusual background. He is a product, and a beneficiary, of the success of anti-colonial and civil rights struggles in Africa and the United States although he has little first hand knowledge of those struggles either as a victim or a victimizer. With an African father and an American mother, he is the first African-American to become president. Essentially a child of two worlds, he prefers the world of America as opposed to that of Africa.

 Key words: Obama, Presidency, Africa, Expectations

Author Biography

Macharia Munene, United States International University Kenya

Macharia Munene is a Professor of History and International Relations at the United States International University, Kenya.


Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 1998-1279