· February, 2008

Stories Sub-Saharan Africa from February, 2008

Obama: No Excitement in Kenya

  February 27, 2008

There is no doubt that Barrack Obama's candidacy in the race to the White House has raised Kenya's profile. Every time he is in the news, it is mentioned that his father was Kenyan. It would be expected therefore that his candidacy would thrust Kenya into a frenzy. But Kenya has its own problems with the post election violence and lethargy by leaders to compromise their political hardlines for the sake of peace.

Is Africa still Obama country?

  February 22, 2008

Since my last post, candidate Barack Obama has won two states – a caucus in Hawaii and a primary in Wisconsin – and seemingly appears the candidate to beat for the Democratic nomination. Some African bloggers are not discounting the chances of Democrat Hillary Clinton from catching Obama, but others are beginning to discuss the possibility of November showdown of Obama versus McCain.

So, Barack Obama

  February 21, 2008

He got me with “Dreams From My Father.” It was hard to believe the parts about Kenya were written by someone who’d not been brought up in Kenya. So authentic. Neither raw nor overdone. Just right. I loved him then. And then, “Audacity of Hope” sealed the deal. I like....

Africa: Will Hillary ever be as popular as Bill Clinton?

  February 14, 2008

Political campaigns – at least in the United States – take place in a bubble, sometimes far apart from reality. It’s not a completely fictitious world, this bubble. It looks and smells and feels a lot like the one we inhabit. Candidates speak the truth when they preach hope or...