Outgoing American President, Barack Obama, visited at least six African countries during his tenure. Obama made the effort to build a relationship between the United States of America and Africa. Here are the six African Countries Barack Obama visited
1. EGYPT: Obama’s first African trip as the President of America was to Egypt. President Obama travelled to Egypt in 2009, where he issued an important speech to the Muslim world entitled “A New Beginning” at Cairo University. Obama also held talks with the then President of the North African nation, President Hosni Mubarak, on regional issues. Obama also visited the Sultan Hassan Mosque.
2. GHANA: Obama soon travelled to Ghana where he discussed the future of Africa during his address to the parliament of the West African nation, still in 2009. During his address he talked about democracy, opportunity, health, and the peaceful resolution of conflict.
“Ghana has proven, I think, to be a model for Africa in terms of its democratic practices. And I very much appreciate the efforts that President Mills has taken not only to ensure fair and free elections, but also to root out corruption, increase transparency, make sure that government is working for the people of Ghana and not just for the few.” Said Obama in Ghana, referring to Professor John Evans Atta Mills, President of the Republic of Ghana
President Obama and the First Lady in 2013 traveled to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania to meet with leaders from government, business, and civil society, and to reinforce U.S. commitment to expanding economic growth, investment, and trade; strengthening democratic institutions; and investing in the next generation of African leaders.
3. SENEGAL: President Obama met with President Mackey Sall during his visit to Senegal. The two leaders discussed the importance of an independent judiciary system and respect for the rule of law. The American leader also visited Goree Island in Senegal to tour a former slave house where slaves were held before being sent to North America.
4. SOUTH AFRICA: Obama visited South Africa’s legislative capital, Cape Town and the economic capital, Johannesburg during his official visit. Obama and his family visited Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years, and met members of Mandela’s family privately in Johannesburg.
5. KENYA: Obama finally visited his Father’s home country Kenya in 2015. The trip was a show of U.S’ commitment to expanding economic growth and trade, strengthening democracy on a global scale, and investing in the next generation of African leaders.
Proud to be the first American President to visit Kenya. Happy to see family, and to talk with young Kenyans about the future.
— President Obama (@POTUS44) July 24, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama addressed various issues including democracy, corruption, human rights, youth and women empowerment, as well as security with a focus on anti-terrorism.
President Obama honoured the victims of the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Nairobi. Obama laid a wreath at the site of the attack in central Nairobi now a memorial park. The seventh of August 1998 attack, left hundreds of people killed in simultaneous truck bomb explosions at the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
6. ETHIOPIA: Obama was the first serving U.S. President to visit Ethiopia. His meeting with Prime minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, focused on security and the threat of Somalia-based terrorist group al-Shabaab, economic ties and the civil war in South Sudan.
Obama became the first U.S. President to address the 54-member African Union during his trip to Ethiopia. He talked about security, economic issues and U.S.-Africa relations in Africa at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa.