Stories Sub-Saharan Africa

Francophone bloggers: Barack, don't disappoint

Like much of the world, France held its breath on the night of the election. It woke the next day happy and elated. Bloggers from France and throughout La Francophonie, however, understand that the road ahead for President Obama is long and difficult. Read what's on their minds.

Cameroon: A Discreet Pride

Rather than wax ecstatic on Obama's victory, the collective blog 20mai.net [fr] from Cameroon has chosen to go out in the streets and tape short interviews of young Cameroonians on yesterday's victory. In this video [fr], we learn that Obama is a bantoo name and that Cameroon knows how to keep its African pride and hopes in check, publicly.

Kenya Celebrates Obama's Victory

Kenyans stayed awake and celebrated Obama victory. Senator beer got more famous! Others wondered why Kenya spent so much money marketing the country while all they needed was one famous man, and now everybody knows about Kenya.

The Lusosphere for Obama

See how bloggers from Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde and East Timor are celebrating Obama as the new US president, and how they hope his election will bring change to their own countries.

Time to Say Good Bye to Bush and Meet the Real Obama

"History never moves with the big things but with the small ones. History changes when, in the armpit of life, a seed of difference germinates, even if a small one. And Obama is this difference, his election was and is that difference. He will be a diagonal between the two theses. Little by little, against racists and racialists. With the whole Africa inside of him, fulfilling his Kenyan destiny. N'Kosi sikeleli Africa!"

Madagascar: The American Dream and President Obama

Madagascar might be a bit far away from America but US elections fever has also caught Madagascar (the natural consequence might be that Madagascar dance fever will spread in the US after the release of the movie bearing the country's name). A few bloggers weighed in on why they follow the US elections so passionately and what an Obama presidency means to them. Lova Rakotomalala brings us the story.

Kenyan bloggers react to Obama's victory

Kenya has been electrified over the Obama victory. In fact, the government declared a public holiday to celebrate this 'AmeriKen's' election. The Kenyan blogosphere has begun debating how President Obama will not only change America, but how he could inspire young people everywhere.

President-Elect Barack Obama: The blogosphere reacts

After a long election campaign and an equally taxing Election Day, the results are finally in: Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States. After following this election for so long, the international blogosphere is now ready with its critique of the new President.

Elections through the Eyes of a Mozambican Tourist in New York

Just a day before November fourth, Mozambican blogger Manuel Araújo arrives in New York. In this translation from his blog, you will see his fresh testimony on the elections atmosphere in the Big Apple's streets and learn about a casual encounter with an Obama supporter. "I found this conversation interesting because my new friend did not even ask me who I supported. He assumed that, being black and being where I was, I could only support one candidate - Barack Obama!"

Obamamaniacs in Cote d'Ivoire Anxiously Await Election Results

Read Le Blog de Yoro [Fr], and you'll get the sense that the American presidential election has completely taken over Abidjan, the capital city of Cote d'Ivoire. Jen Brea translates the reactions from French.