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Vol 50 No 14

Published 10th July 2009


Obama's akwaaba moment

John Atta Mills welcomes the first African-American US President and his entourage to Ghana amid hopes for US investment and cooperation

The wet and windy weather of Ghana's rainy season will not dampen the warm welcome for United States President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle on 10-11 July. The governing National Democratic Congress has the Akatamanso, or umbrella, as its symbol and there will be plenty on show. Obama's first state visit to sub-Saharan Africa has huge symbolic significance and Ghana is determined to treat the arrival of the first African-American US President as a homecoming.

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