Phil: "You can't forget about Al Pacino! He had swagger all over in Scarface!!!"
I read recently , a very interesting article by the New York times , entitled"White House Party for Africa Leaves Out Leaders"
Basically President Obama just convened a forum this week to celebrate the 50th anniversaries of 17 African nations, but he did not invite a single African leader to help him do so.
Instead he summoned 115 under-35s from civil society, journalism and business to a “President’s Forum With Young African Leaders” this week to help him in “looking forward,” as a State Department official put it.
Apparently the reaction from media across Africa saw this as some kind of snub, and then the article goes on to mention something which I understood to mean the importance of an African leader being seen with a great president like Obama.
“International recognition endows African state actors with a domestic power of command,” wrote Pierre Englebert, a professor of politics at Pomona College, in his recent book “Africa: Unity, Sovereignty & Sorrow.”
It then compared his attitude to that of President Sarkozy of France who recently held some similar event with dubious leaders of french speaking African countries.
With election fever slowly gripping Nigeria, I started thinking which of our current Presidential aspirants could possible get a photo op with President Obama, and across Africa at the moment which leaders have currently proven themselves worthy, this current selection is what came off the top of my head.
For the leaders , think about it carefully , does Obama like my swagger?
The Pictures show President Obama with President Jonathan-Nigeria, President , President Kikwete-Tanzania and President Zuma-South Africa.