Topic and Guests: Dissecting U.S. President Obama’s Trip to Kenya and Ethiopia. U.S. President Barack Obama just concluded his fifth trip to Africa in his tenure. From July 24 to 28 he was in Kenya and Ethiopia marking the first time a sitting U.S. President has visited both countries. During the trip he also addressed a meeting at the Africa Union—a first for a U.S. President. Today we explore what the visit really means to the grassroots on the continent with Mr. Nii Akuetteh, Executive Director of African Immigrant Caucus, and Dr. William Minter, Editor of the online newsletter AfricaFocus.
Mr. Nii Akuetteh, Executive Director of African Immigrant Caucus, is an independent Africa policy analyst based in Washington, DC who written extensively on issues affecting Africa. He was formerly the Executive Director of Africa Action and former director of OSI West Africa, and is the founder of the Democracy & Conflict Research Institute. Prior to that Mr. Akuetteh was a Georgetown University Adjunct Professor of African Affairs and former Research Director at TransAfrica Forum. He appears regularly on various media outlets such as Al Jazeera, BBC, Pacifica, the Real News TV, Voice of America and WPFW.
Dr. William Minter is a writer, researcher, and activist focusing particularly on southern Africa and international issues. His most recent book is the co-edited No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000. Dr. Minter is currently the editor of the online newsletter AfricaFocus. Previously, Minter worked as a writer, editor, and researcher at Africa News Service (now allafrica.com); and for Africa Action and its predecessor organization, the Africa Policy Information Center (APIC) and for the affiliated Washington Office on Africa (WOA).
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