Obama Never Saved Africa

Three years after Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States on January 20, 2009, many Africans have fallen out of love with the man they thought would save Africa. We saw the photos of Kenyans squeezed into tiny bars and public arenas throughout Nairobi as they watched on television the images of a golden-hued man of Luo heritage deliver a moving inaugural speech. They clapped, and they cried. They danced and they smiled. He will save Africa, many of them thought.

On the other side of the continent, my Nigerians expressed a similar sentiment, a belief that Obama is good for Africa. They had prayed, fasted and willed his victory into fruition. Obama will save Africa, many of them thought.

But things have changed. With the approaching end of Obama’s first term, Africans are reeling in the shock and utter disappointment of the bitter truth. Obama never saved Africa.

A few days ago, a relative of mine received a phone call from someone in my hometown in Nigeria. After chatting about the latest happenings in the town, this person lowered his voice and asked my relative what he considered a very important question.

“Is it true that Obama is implementing a law that would require everyone in America to imprint a sign of 666 on their body?” (I’m paraphrasing the question)

My relative told the person that she had never heard such a thing.

But, this person pushed further, asking if she is sure because apparently, this is the big talking point in Nigeria. My relative reassured the guy that any information about Obama wanting Americans to take the 666 (what Christians call the Mark of the Beast) is a rumor. When my relative told me about this phone conversation, I rolled my eyes. She giggled. I shook my head. She wiggled her shoulders. We laughed.

I’ve learned that several African pastors are encouraging their congregations not to vote for Obama, though they supported him in 2008. They feel Obama is a disgrace; he supports same-sex marriage and they are outraged over his pro-choice attitude. They neglect to understand that he is not pro-abortion. I am also aware that some Africans are holding prayer sessions to see Obama lose on Election Day just a few hours away. In their heart of hearts, they believe he is an agent of the devil. Some claim Obama has denied his African roots. Others say he is the Anti-Christ. Some express that he is “worse than Romney.” The general feeling is that Obama never saved Africa.

But, Obama was not supposed to save Africa.

“Yes, but he didn’t even try to help us,” the claim goes.

Obama was not even required to help Africa. He is the president of the United States. The issue at play here is simply cultural. Africans, for the most part, recognize patrilineal heritage. So in the minds of many Africans, Obama is Luo. No questions. That’s why some are just baffled by Obama’s perceived detachment from Africa, specifically the sub-Saharan region.

“Will this man not even help his father’s people?” the question goes.

Furthermore, many of them say Obama has employed a rather negative policy towards Africa, a policy that benefits America, not Africa. A popular school of thought argues that such has been the ideological base of America’s foreign policy: to exploit, to take sides, to bestow aid dollars on obedient nations and condemn and call for sanctions on the rebellious ones.

For example, Ugandan’s president Gen. Yoweri Museveni has led a reportedly repressive regime for more than two decades by stifling opposition. Yet, the U.S. backs Museveni, who has been accused of using children as soldiers during his years as a rebel leader in the 1980s, against Joseph Kony, an indicted war criminal of the infamous Lord’s Resistance Army. In 2011, Obama authorized a deployment of Special Forces troops to go after the LRA.

Obama had this to say:

“…those who are familiar with the Lord’s Resistance Army and their leader, Mr. Kony, know that these are some of the most vicious killers. They terrorize villages, they take children into custody and turn them into child soldiers, they engage in rape and slaughter in villages they go through. They have been a scourge on the Uganda and that entire region, eastern Africa.”

But according to Black Star News, Museveni has committed scores of atrocities against the Ugandan people and is reluctant to give up power, thus the constitutional amendments on term limits.

In backing Uganda as an ally to counter mounting terrorism in the region, the United States allocated $45 million in military equipment for Uganda (and Burundi), including 4 drones and an additional $4.4 million in communications and engineering equipment to Uganda, as reported by the Associated Press. But do the recent oil discoveries in Uganda have anything to do with the U.S.’s alignment with the east African nation? Uganda has already attracted billions in oil investments. That’s why some Ugandans are asking if the U.S. is after Joseph Kony or Uganda’s oil?

And according to some, Uganda isn’t the only place in Africa where Obama got it wrong. Development studies senior professor Patrick Bond suggests that ulterior motives underlined U.S. support of Djibouti’s president Ismali Guelleh, “Rwandan strongman Paul Kagame” and Gabon’s “world-class kleptocrat Ali Bongo.”

Unfortunately, I cannot ignore the billows of doubt that leaves me wondering if this is really why so many of my African peers, friends, neighbors, and colleagues share a new found disgust for Obama. Is it really because Uganda is a U.S. ally? Are Nigerians secretly harboring hurt over Obama skipping the ‘giant of Africa’ for a 2009 visit to the country they love to poke fun of– Ghana?

A student walks from school in Kogelo village, the ancestral home of U.S. President Obama

The truth is: Africans thought Obama would fly to their continent on his less busy weekends and shove dollars down their pockets and provide jobs for their sons and daughters. They thought Obama would halt the expansion of the Sahara Desert (or at least intercede to God on their behalf) and ensure their crops would yield a surplus. They had hoped Obama would throw their presidents and politicians in jail for money laundering. They prayed for him to help them crawl out of poverty and dreamed of Sasha or Malia marrying one of their grandsons. They told one another that he would fix their dilapidated schools and provide clean water. He was supposed to jar up every mosquito — including their larvae — and kiss malaria goodbye. After that, he would do the same to the tsetse flies. They had deluded themselves into believing that Barack Obama would quicken Africa’s entry into the First World. He was expected to bless their babies and cure their diseases. He would replace their failed governments or become a sort of proxy president. But, he didn’t.

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Chika Oduah is a journalist who resides in New York City. Follow her on Twitter: @chikaoduah

84 Comments on Obama Never Saved Africa
  • Titi November 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    How pastors are asking their congregants to vote for a Mormon over a christian continues to blow my mind.

    • Chiko November 5, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      Thats what I dont get. Mormonism is NOT Christianity. Trust me I have family who grew up in Utah, Mormon capital, and it is not. Read their own bible and you’ll know.
      I voted early, and my family and I all voted Obama. Sorry I am born-again and NO pastor can make me vote Mormon Romney over Obama, come again!

    • Nela November 5, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      I know, a mormon president !

      What is Obama’s buisness with Africa & Kenya !?! Some Africans have unrealistic expectations for real, I didn’t even bother reading this article ! Obama is not done giving jobs to Americans, he has a broken country to run, so why would he run USA and also run your country? Don’t you have a damn president? He didn’t really know his dad, never went to Kenya, his mom was a single mother who brought him up alone which is certainly not encouraging. This article is so ignorant, I can not believe BN would post this, please take this hoax down before CNN & BBC will take this and run ! Africans come up with a solution to squash your presidents from their corruption, ignorance and greed, stop hoping on USA, they got their own problems too.

      • TheNigerian November 6, 2012 at 8:30 am

        EXACTLY!

      • omii November 6, 2012 at 9:31 am

        You did not even read the article yet you are asking why bella posted it…if other commenters start discussing your ignorance, you’ll be wondering why. Go back and read it jor

      • Vote Obama 2012 November 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm

        I couldn’t agree with you more… Well said Sister!

      • Noni November 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm

        Nela please read this articile in full. The writer is saying that obama is not supposed to save Africa
        . You only look at the title which is supposed to make you really mad. Pls read through the articule and dont be ignorant with your condemnation.

  • wendy November 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    never liked this man called obama,and we never like him,he is of no good,

    • MyView November 5, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      Wow! your comment is very profound and thought provoking.

    • Fab November 6, 2012 at 7:25 am

      You lack knowledge young one!!! Who is “we” ?

  • Rukky November 5, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Honestly, I really only perused through this article–the title caught my eye and the first thing that popped into my head was, “wetin consign Obama wit Africa?” Harsh as it may sound, it’s the truth. How much can one expect so much from 1 man who, by the way, has no direct obligation to see to the development of Africa, bearing in mind that we also have leaders that are meant to solve the problems we look onto Obama to solve—I mean how ridiculous is that? I don’t know where such high hopes come from. Is it because he’s black? African? Wetin Bush do for us? If we have a problem with our leaders, then let’s sort it out and not take our domestic issues to an outsider seeking for a solution because they are not obligated to solve problems that do not really affect them and we are not entitled to feel betrayed when they don’t. Obama forever.

  • Style chick 101 November 5, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Obama is the President of America…what concerns blind men with nepa….like really every country has their own president, and most presidents are far more richer than Obama. So please leave this man alone he’s not God.

    • hmm November 5, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Exactly! Why would a whole continent wait for one man to come bail it out? As if america is not cumbersome enough a burden to carry. Its such a shame really. So appalling

      • Iris November 5, 2012 at 10:50 pm

        you forgot to add ‘a continent of which he is NOT a citizen’. I cannot believe this! Like seriously? I thought Nigeria was excited about a black president in America (which I found hilarious anyway because Black does not equal African) but seriously?! Save Nigeria! No don’t worry, he will leave his country and come and save us and make policies in our interest. Let me not die of laughter here.

  • XoXo November 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Has Obama finished with America……Africans and their love for freebies and hand downs. Better get off you butts and work to make things better. No one will fix Africa for us. Obama help Africa ko, aliens help Africa ni.

  • Pretty Eyes November 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    lol my people my people, he is the president of the united states of america. He is not the president of kenya, uganda, nigeria or any other country in africa. oh please.

  • Browngyrl November 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Newsflash!!! Obama is the president of the US, not the president of Africa. Did the african continent vote him in office? So, why should he be accountable to us. Did he campaign in any of the African countries asking for their vote? Abeg, Make we hear word! Mschewww!!!!

  • Gidigirl November 5, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Obama is the president of the United States of America and although we expect him to be involved in foreign policy, saving Africa should not be his priority. So Africans that are disappointed need to wake up!

  • Sharon Dee November 5, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Who are these ignorant people claiming that Obama is supposed to help Africa???? Don’t you have Presidents in your own respective countries. Why oh Why do we have to sound foolish? As many have stated on this Board, he’s not the President of Africa! He’s the President of the USA. Get over yourselves. I Live in the US and the man still has a lot of mess to clean up that the stupid George Walker Bush left behind! How can a man save an entire continent, when he’s trying to save his own country that if not for the past 4 years, would have been down in the gutter by now!

  • babA aka The ORIGINATOR!!! November 5, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country” – JFK

    African’s need to save Africa!!!

    • Keziah November 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      This right here is the truth… thank you for speaking the truth!!!

  • partyrider November 5, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    well written article with valid points.
    in other news,all the obama gist and everything about the US in general (especially at this time) bore me.

  • As myself November 5, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Ask good luck,wet in concern Obama with Naija, did we vote him in from Nigeria.

  • miss mimi November 5, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    When we let our common sense be clouded by sentiments emotion and religion rule us, this is what we get. it is only people who worship their pastors and are fanatical about religion that would listen to a pastor tell me to pray against a man’s victory in a country that is not mine, Obama ha not saved Americans how will he save Africa? and what exactly are people expecting that his foreign policy favours Africans and not Americans? . how is it our business if he legalises gay marriage or not. if don’t like the gays, all good and well, but suggesting that they should not be allowed to live their lives based on their spousal choice and the provisions of a religious book makes you a wicked fanatic. I personally believe that homosexual ism is of the devil. I however don’t see the humanity in dictation to people their choice of spouse. Obama is first and most importantly the president of the united states of america, he owes a responsibility to everyone as the leader of the free world but lets not deceive ourselves that he is indebted to Africa for any reason whatsoever. Nigeria and most countries in Africa are sovereign states with leaders (elected or otherwise) if anyone has failed Africa, it is the individual and collective heads of state and most importantly us African people. once and for all lets stop the famzing with the US , lets think with our head and stop this obnoxious follower ship. of pastors and imams. religion is about spirituality and relationship with God and notohing further. and this is my opinion

  • anonymous November 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Obama is the president of America and not of Africa. Chika please can you hold a private class for Femi Fani-Kayode. He is so ignorant

  • keechi November 5, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    First of all, the word “save” is not to be used because only God can save a continent/country not any man. NEWSFLASH pple: Obama is a human being not God so I don’t know why these pple think he could save theri respective countries. Secondly, like most pple on here have said, Obama is the President of AMERICA not Africa; and America on its own has its own issues that he has to deal with. U have to put off the fire in ur own house before u go out to help ur neighbor put out their own fire. Third and lastly, do these pple really think that Mitt Romney would do wat Obama didn’t do (according to them) if voted as Prseident. Another NEWSFLASH: Mitt Romney prolly doesnt give a rat’s ass about Africa. Why? Because his roots aren’t from there. Obama shined the light on Africa and talks about resolving some of its issues. Why? Because he cares about Africa coz his roots are from there. But like I said he has to focus on his country first b4 other countries coz thats why AMERICANS voted him in.

  • Omega Female November 5, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    First of all, this 666 thing is with regards to the identification chip one is meant to be implanted with to get medical care. it’s optional and it’s for the good of people with no family record.
    Secondly, if people read their bibles well, the mark of the beast comes after rapture; it’s only if rapture has happened and we are the stuck ones, will i believe those chips mean mark of the beast.
    Thirdly, as much as i don’t support gay activities, i believe i understand why Obama is pro-choice. He’s the president; he’s meant to be fair and just to everybody, eliminate any form of discrimination; he can’t favor and fight for blacks, women or the middle class and not do the same for gays. Once you’re into politics, you’ll find yourself in faith compromising situations. Jesus wasn’t forceful in his days; according to the bible, he always emphasized the fact we have the power to make choices. As Christians, if we are meant to be like Jesus, we shouldn’t discriminate against gay people but pray that God change them and hope they find the right way.
    Fourthly, regarding foreign policy, this world is a big world; America has enough problems as it is; as long as this man is human and not a machine, you can’t expect him to make the world peaceful in four years. In fact the world isn’t meant to be peaceful, because it’s the end time like it is mentioned in revelations. As long as he’s human, he’s prone to mistakes; “you win some, you lose some”; it’s up to us to do what we can to save what we can. Finally, only God knows what Obama’s true agenda is, but according to what he’s said, he’s better than inconsistent Romney. Romney is a modern-republican who’ll say anything to please the crowd. Truth is, he can’t survive without the principles of his party; if he becomes president, he’ll end up doing what his party wants.
    All i can do is pray that God, who knows the future before the past, helps me and us put the right leader in position.

  • femi November 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Save Africa!!!!!? fools…. so he has not finished saving America, which is still a working process, he should come and save Africa? one President should do the dirty work for other African Presidents? I mean Really???? RUBBISH

  • Naijagem November 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I hope that one day I can understand my people self!!! I mean come out of here…to think that the President of the “UNITED STATES” has an obligation to Africa just because his father is African. As we keep in mind that this said “Father” wasn’t even in his life. Left him with his European mother and went back to Kenya or wherever he decided to relocate to leaving his son behind! What kind of father does that anyway!!! I mean, Africans can you guys please do me a favor and get out of this rubbish mindset that you all think is the “right” way of thinking things through. Its really said that Africans have been so brainwashed with the misconception of the European mindset of how to run an African Nation. My Nigerian people, you all are one of the richest countries in Africa…ACT LIKE IT!!! We have our own president, our own government and look at what they are doing….NOTHING!!! They take and take and take from us and you have the guts to call out a European and Kenyan President who is doing what he needs to do all the across the other end of the world!! Get it together and start fighting for you own countries!! And although I was raised with this “Christian” mindset a long time ago, I thank my God that I have been able to differentiate what is from what isn’t!! For example, throughout our country all you see is “Thank God” bus system, “The Young Shall Prosper” transportation systems and so forth and so on!! It’s really sad that those living in Nigeria cannot see how this is causing the problem and not the solutions we need!! Religion was put in place for “CONTROL!!” and that they did and are still doing!! Why in the world would you think to allow a pastor to CONTROL your decision about ONE man!! Are you guys kidding me???!!! A man not even in your country at that!! SHUT UP and WAKE THE HECK UP!!!! While the pastors are sitting there getting rich off you, brain washing you to believe their lies, you all just sit there and follow their lead like mumu’s!!!! Its really sad indeed! When are you all in Nigeria and most African countries going to FINALLY….WAKE UP!!! You are being bambozaled right under your own nose and still won’t wake up and realize that the GOD you search so hard and long for in IN SIDE OF YOU!!!! Look within yourself for the RIGHT answers to what to do concerning our nation as well as the Presidency of Barack Hassan Obama. Because to me he was send here for a purpose one that he will and shall forfill, whether good, bad, progressive or not, he has a mission and he is here to do it. Unless you want Romney to accomplish the mission and purpose he was sent here to do….cause believe me you…It will be 10 times WORSE then President Obama if you choose to pray, vote or lean towards Mitt Romney!! Think about it…and make the right choice for YOURSELF and not a so called “Pastor” who’s telling your to pray against someone. HOW SAD!! GET IT TOGETHER MY PEOPLE, GET IT TOGETHER!!! And WAKE UP!!!!!!!

    • nameless November 6, 2012 at 8:27 am

      Oh boy, it is realy a complete article you wrote there and i will gladly read it all over again..cos I have that feelings of.”yes, somone now understands me’..I live in this country Nigeria, but i tell you the are religious zombies, that practically do not even understand God and his teachings…rather they live with the fears that their “men of God” have instilled in them about how God functions…I get so frustrated and I say tha Nija will only progress if we stop this religious madness and deciet and face nation building, of course my coleaugues will look at me like a devil, but i dont mind cos i know my relationship with God..I mean the nation iss full of dummies and refuse to be creative and think of way out of their situation, but rather will pray from morning to night for their enemies”poverty” to die and disappera..
      Pls Naijagem, worry not because we all know how to make noise in this country to even what we have no input to…tell me of all the people making noise in Naija here about election in America, how many will actually take to the polls?…none.
      case closed

  • Konnie November 5, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Ignorance reigneth supreme. So he is supposed to leave his responsibilities in the US and start baby sitting people in Africa. That explains why a Goodluck is sitting pretty in naija. the Americans elected their president and will go out and re-elect him. His responsibility is to his constituents the American citizens not Nigerian etc. Grow up!!

    Bye the way, a lot of these pastors are subsidized by their colleagues in the churches in the south (US) and only espouse what those ones are saying. This is what they say about every democratic president in America. Below the line information dissemination of GOP talking points. I have actually been waiting to see when you guys (Bellanaija) were going to pick up this talking point.

  • Jewels November 5, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I concur with the statement from miss mimi

  • Kito November 5, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Really? Some Africans thought that Obama would save Africa? When there are enough issues in America for him to deal with? I wonder which Africans thought that he would save the continent! It doesnt really make sense to me…
    And apparently Africans are disgusted with Obama – how exactly does that affect voting in the US?
    Will Romney do a better job at ‘saving’ Africa then??

  • Egusi November 5, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Typical African mentality he is one of our own so he must save us rubbish!!! He is only part African genetically otherwise he is as American as they come who appointed him President of the United States of Africa? These are the same people who were asking if the Williams sisters Venus and Serena were from Badagry soon they will be saying they (Williams) came to Nigeria but did not help us. Your uncle’s cousins sister’s son gets a political post you are now rejoicing saying “our problems are now over no more hunger poverty bye bye etc” Sharrap there no one owes you anything no one Africans really need to get over this kain mentality

  • M November 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Sometimes I wonder why bn posts such unintelligent articles I beg where Glory Edozien to knack us well written articles

    • hmm November 6, 2012 at 4:05 am

      I second that. I’ve been looking forward to her articles. Maybe she finally found a bobo and abandoned us. Glory if u r reading this, make proactive moves to provide us with an article.. thats if you still work for bellanaija. If its because u found a dude, well, rmbr we were here for u when u didnt have any ;)

      • M November 6, 2012 at 7:42 pm

        You are hilarious but I agree with you. Bn tell us o has Glory gotten a bobo or she no longer works for you, all the same send her our love

  • luchi November 5, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Please, Let’s be real here. Obama is the president of the United States not president of the world. He cannot leave America and take care of Africa. Anyone who thought he would must have been day dreaming. His responsibility is America, most eople thought “oh, he is black, so Africans now have a future”, Every country has a president and it is the responsibility of that president to handle the country. All this talk of him being anti christ, etc is BS, if you believe it, then check yourself and go read more of your bible.

  • Concerned November 5, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Titi : By their fruit you shall know them. I would rather suport a muslim, atheist or mormon that shares my values than a spineless christian who does everything that is contrary to Christ even though he calls himself a Christian.
    Rukky: Go back to the history books…. George Bush has done more fro Africa than any other American President. He allocated tons of dollars for Aids Prevention.
    I really hope we can see beyond the color of a person’s skin and get to the character of the person.

    • Sam Sizzle November 6, 2012 at 4:08 am

      You applaud Bush for borrowing money from china to fight wars and do father christmas for Africa and eventually ruining America and the world economy. But you are mad at a man that is cutting back on wasteful spending to help his nation. Your religious blindness is amazing and you tell people to look beyond skin color but can’t see beyond you religious bigotry. Keep waiting for who will help Africa. I’m sorry for your kind.

  • jadesola November 5, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    abeg Obama na president of africa ! he hasnt finished wiv america they want him to jump to africa, people forget that he is just like us human!!! dont give dis man heart attack oh..

  • No Long Thing November 5, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    LOL@ Africans waiting for an American to save them. This goes to show the level of hopelessness we as blacks/Africans posses. Obama is the President of the United States of America. He is supposed to safeguard the USA’s economic and national interest, not save a continent he never visited before becoming President. He never even saw his father with his own 2 eyes. SMH at Africans. No wonder we’re the least respected race in the world. The Asians, Arabs, and other continents, apart from Africa are beginning to take care of their country and continent, and Africans are here fighting wars, looting national treasure, and being religious extremists.

  • tezy November 5, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Africans and their stupidity.. what do they mean that Obama will save Africa, he is not God and he is the president of America and not the savior of Africa.

  • Tunmi November 6, 2012 at 12:39 am

    please take this article off, it is just so disturbing. When did Obama promise to “save Africa”? Wetin consign Obama with Africa…who the heck comes up with these things?

  • nich November 6, 2012 at 1:27 am

    let africa continue to wait on obama……….africans should save themselves…………….he supported gay because of politics………………he has to make up the white vote……..

    666 will come at the God set time…………..whether obama or not…….

  • ao November 6, 2012 at 2:00 am

    This article is beyond insulting…its stupid. WHAT IS THE AUTHOR’S SOURCE THAT AFRICANS EXPECTED OBAMA TO SAVE THEM? I’m African and I never thought that. Dear author, just because your African friends and associates share a similar view does not mean that it has application to the general African population. Seems to me that the author had a writing assignment to do for BN and just made up an issue to write about even when she lacked a credible source to support her premise. Please do not do this again…unless you can cite to a credible source as in a study or poll of Africans and even then be clear about the African population in question as we are not a monolith.

    • Dabs November 6, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Thanks for this response!I LIVE IN AFRICA AND HAVE NEVER HEARD ANYONE SAY WE EXPECTED OBAMA TO SAVE US! Africans in the diaspora have this uncanny way of throwing insults at those who live in Africa! We are not as ignorant and shallow as we are made out to be! It’s insulting to sit there and say we expected Obama to save us! Go to a Ghetto like Ajegunle and ask anyone about Obama, all they know is that he is black and they are happy a black man is the president, they don’t care what his policies are, they can’t be bothered about if he visited Ghana or not, they don’t even notice if he is pro choice or not!! We have our own problems to deal with, our president to moan about, our own issues to over come!! AFRICA DOES NOT CARE ABOUT OBAMA! Simple! This author should have come here, gone on the streets and taken a survey before writing this insulting, presumptuous article!!

  • habba! November 6, 2012 at 2:29 am

    The author of this article should be embarrassed. the fact that you would just think Obama would save Africa is pure stupidity. i dont think any African thought Obama would save Africa or the world. its such a damn shame that in the 21st century you are still waiting for JESUS instead of saving ur damn self!

  • femi November 6, 2012 at 2:48 am

    wtf is wrong with people sometimes, u are complaining about another president from another country to save africa. hw many things do u want him to do? he is still fighting for his own country, been criticized for doing things that he knew are right and u people are asking him to save africa. i thought africa has his own leaders who u people vote for and when u know they are not doing anything y don’t u tell their fucking and lazy ass to do something rather than depending on someone who already has a lot on his plate. we afrcans are smart people we know what to do when we know things are not going right, don’t let us depend on another country to do things for us Africans.

  • mujer November 6, 2012 at 3:23 am

    I am disappointed with this article. WHy on earth are we talking about someone else saving Africa when the giant Nigeria is still breathing? Will Obama leave his flailing nation to go and expend much needed resources on a people who constantly waste their resources and flaunt such waste for all the world to see. Please, let us stop playing victims and for once take ation for ourselves. Nobody except ourselves was born to save the continent.

  • Zimira November 6, 2012 at 3:25 am

    This is a retarded and myopic point of view. Its like me saying I will not provide my children with the resources they need until UNICEF comes to their rescue. Make una dey there. If Africa is going to get help it must come from within.

  • ToBechistyle November 6, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Africans need to save themselves from themselves! Why listen to rumors and untrue stories/news when you can actually research the news yourself? LOL, it’s funny to me, placing an unfair burden on a man, because his race is black (and therefore the black savior). I think that’s cute, but very damaging.LOL
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  • Invisible November 6, 2012 at 4:05 am

    @ miss Mimi well said!!!!

  • Invisible November 6, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Sorry meant omega female well said dear!!!!!!

  • Sam Sizzle November 6, 2012 at 4:13 am

    REALLY? REALLY? REALLY? REALLY? THERE IS REALLY NO HOPE FOR AFRICA. NONE.

  • Sam Sizzle November 6, 2012 at 4:17 am

    If Obama didnt save Africa, Imagine what a man from a religion that believed black people were cursed from the beginning and didnt let black people into their church until recently will do. I am sorry for ignorant Africa.

  • Sam Sizzle November 6, 2012 at 4:17 am

    There is a reason why one man is born black and with other disadvantages, while another is born white with great advantages. The reason is that we once had an estate before we came here, and were obedient; more or less, to the laws that were given us there. Those who were faithful in all things there [pre-existence] received greater blessings here, and those who were not faithful received less. . . . There were no neutrals in the war in Heaven. All took sides either with Christ or with Satan. Every man had his agency there, and men receive rewards here based upon their actions there, just as they will receive rewards hereafter for deeds done in the body. The Negro, evidently, is receiving the reward he merits (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 1:61, 65-66; emphasis added).

    This is what the mormon church believes. Any black person who supports Romney is indeed cursed like his religion believes.

  • NNENNE November 6, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Obama is the president of America not Africa.
    Africans should stop looking for a messiah.Their live is in their hands and trust me, God gave us everything we need to do the job.

  • Bee November 6, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Good one, Chika. You spoke my mind.

  • pynk November 6, 2012 at 8:15 am

    lmAo! Obama is beholden to his tax payers, who are AMERICANS! others should go hold their leaders accountable abeg.

  • aisha November 6, 2012 at 8:17 am

    for the record ooooooooo..obama is an american president, america is his responsibility not africa…………meet your president to take care of ur country, d man neva finish wit him country una dey ask of ur own…wen he was hustling no bodi knew dat he was kenyan abeg o..one man 4 his sef……..

  • Jatropha November 6, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Nigerians did not notice if obama went to Ghana.To us here,we celebrate only successful president/leaders like Clinton,Blair etc and they indeed all visited.

  • Collosus November 6, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Let them keep waiting for one man to come and save them!! SMH!!

  • dee November 6, 2012 at 9:16 am

    i find this post very disturbing actually. I am in Nigeria and all through the pre-election, i did not hear anyone talk about any of these things in this post unless i’ve been living under a rock.
    please has anyone’s pastor held prayer sessions against obama??? I did not even know people thought Obama was supposed to save Africa. All I keep hearing and seeing everywhere are Nigerians supporting Obama.
    This post has sha confused me this morning or am I the only one confused?
    Not sure this article was properly written especially this paragraph “The truth is: Africans thought Obama would fly to their…..” I am an African and I know I never thought Obama will do all the things listed by the writer for Africans.
    and the title is just scary…

  • nekiss November 6, 2012 at 9:39 am

    please what are we going on about? This is an article written by an individual based on his/her opinion. why are we making this writer the African mouth piece. i have never heard or seen anyone around me who thinks Obama would be the saviour of Africa at all. he is not and he cant be and judging from the responses so far, nobody thinks he is cos all the responses are from Africans. we like condeming ourselves. Instead of us correcting the writer’s view as a person we are all here condemning all Africans/nigerians abeg let’s stop! Personally, i was in support of obama the first time because it feels good to know that an African, whether by birth or whatever reason he is related to Africa is bold enough to contest in an US election. i didnt support him because i think he is coming to save africa and i dont know anybody that thinks so. Now i dont support him again and i dont care because i know it doesnt matter whether i support him or not. Moreover i dont care who wins, whether Romney or Obama, as far as i am concerned, both of them are non Christians for by their fruits you shall know them. All Obama’s value are anti christ in nature so i dont know why he is claiming to be a Christian. in a nutshell, let’s stop all the insults on Africans because of a one man article on bella, except Africans comes out to tell us that the writer is a mandated african mouthpiece.

    • Bundu November 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Thank you Jare nekiss. Likewise, i have never met any Nigerian who thinks Obama should save Nigeria. The writer is obviously not based in Nigeria and this article to me has no atom of truth. Condem the writer for his myopic and biased view of Nigeria and stop making him feel like our mouthpiece Abeg!

  • nekiss November 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

    sorry “mandated Africa’s mouthpiece”

  • estemy November 6, 2012 at 10:44 am

    @nekiss, u r right jare…i dnt support any of d two and dis is just an article…

  • Ready November 6, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I don’t know what’s going on at BN, but Uche needs to fix it. Something’s amiss on thiss website, and I keep seeing things that would never havve been on here a year ago. If the website wants to become purely promotional withh a dash of weddings and the occasional girl-talk evoking article, let us know…but stuff like this? “Journalism” with not one credible source, op-ed written as fact? No ma’am. Africans wanted Obama to save Africa? *scoff* but the babe no fear sha. Lumped 52 (give or take) countries, ignored polls and sha gave billions of people some random mouthpieces..then BellaNaija published it. Biko, nne, you people need to get it together over there.

  • ifey November 6, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Panafricanism is the way forward. we need to stop or reduce reliance on world powers such as the USA for help!

  • Dabs November 6, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I LIVE IN NIGERIA AND HAVE NEVER HEARD ANYONE SAY WE EXPECTED OBAMA TO SAVE US! Africans in the diaspora have this uncanny way of throwing insults at those who live in Africa! We are not as ignorant and shallow as we are made out to be! It’s insulting to sit there and say we expected Obama to save us! Go to a Ghetto like  Ajegunle and ask anyone about Obama, all they know is that he is black and they are happy a black man is the president, they don’t care what his policies are, they can’t be bothered about if he visited Ghana or not, they don’t even notice if he is pro choice or not!! We have our own problems to deal with, our president to moan about, our own issues to over come!! AFRICA DOES NOT CARE ABOUT OBAMA! Simple! This author should have come here, gone on the streets and taken a survey before writing this insulting, presumptuous article!!

  • buchi November 6, 2012 at 11:11 am

    THIS ARTICLE IS WRONG!! It shouldn’t be here. It is an article based on rumors n hearsay of a minority (possibly only Chika Oduah’s family n close associates) *eyes rolling

  • Ready November 6, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Also, people are funny sha. Very few people questioned the author…but sooo many have jumped on the bandwagon of insulting Africans, talking about Africans and their stupidity like say una mama and papa no join. I swear it’s like regular BN commenters are gone and were transplanted with insultive readers from another blog. You have become like the people you’re insulting, except you may not be beholden to a pastor, but to faux journalism and credibility. That it was written, does not make it so.

  • Ayode November 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Why should we be looking to President Obama to save Africa. Have the leaders and peoples of Africa leveraged on the, not only available but abundant, human and natural resources to save themselves. Africans are Africa’s problem and we should not look to Obama to save Africa. Our destinies are in our hands. Black South Africans faced apartheid guns and gained their independence, not on the platter of gold but with their blood. African, not American, not Europeans, not Asians, and not Australians are the ones who can save themselves.

  • guest November 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Will Obama leave the white house to save Nigeria and other African countries from corruption, religious crisis, ethnic crisis etc…” AS YOU MAKE YOUR BED SO SHALL YOU LIE ON IT”! I advise Nigerians and other African countries to tackle their own problems.Obama is not our president, we should focus our grievances towards our leaders who are busy looting public funds for own their self interest.

  • MizV November 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    like seriously who is thus chika oduah? is he Africa’s official mouthpiece? where did you get all this information from. I personally have been alarmed at the level of interest Nigerians have shown in supporting Obama. i’ve been worried about our own lack of patriotism to our home country because of the ‘involvement’ of Nigerians in the american election. the typical Nigerian wants Obama to be president just cos he is African. they do not care about his policies whatsoever. Chika Oduah you shot yourself in the foot here. this article is highly misleading and misinforming. Bella Naija i’m awfully disappointed. next time let a Nigerian that lives in Nigeria and knows the terrain very well write articles on politics. this is highly disappointing. Take a leaf from YNaija pls. this site used to be very intelligent but its falling off seriously

  • sallysueee November 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    hmmmm LOL first of all when obama became president who who voted him into power? every fool in the world know its was americans and not africans that man has noooo obligation to africa its this good nature that made him sort this africa roots and side after all what connects him to africa which is his FATHER abandoned him and only saw him once in this life time. secondly why should any foreign president feel its his duty to SAVE africa when we us a people has refused to do anything for ourselves. our leaders are greedy old fools who look to satisfy only themselves and leave the rest of us. every developed nation that african leaders are hopping from one to the other begging for aids all sat down and decided to make their nation great and that their graduates dont have to go cleaning toilets for a living, what has africa decided to do for itself? nothing. so OBAMA and this other foreign leaders dont have to do anything to save africa quite frankly i will be very happy if they cut all the loads and other aids they are giving us and told us off to fend for ourselves then maybe us a people africans will start using our brains for our own good

  • majo November 6, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Why are you guys using this article to insult Africans. No one expected him to “save” Africa. I think they just felt that for once, they would get a different kind of US president. one who wouldn’t use US foreign policy to exploit or destroy other nations. Africans are not the only people in the world who expected more from Obama in terms of foreign policy. Check this out http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/06/opinion/how-obama-lost-the-europe-primary.html?hp

  • Afrikan November 6, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    This article’s is insulting, ignorant and makes false claims. I dont know of any africans whether from the east, west, south or north or in the diaspora who expected anythin from obama. All were but pleased to see a black (african) president in the usa and would have been just as pleased had it been a woman! Like Majo^ says all people expected were better relations between america and the world/africa. Not money in thwir pockets or for their grandsons to marry BO’s daughters! Its irresponsible of the writer to publish such views as fact/opinion without even analysing her story. Where’s the objectivity? Africans who said they didnt expect anything from obama? Its a typical view shared by so called intellectuals living in the west who think africans back home always ask for help. If she wanted to help she should have written about young african enterprenuers, scholars who r still back home making new strides.

  • ICEYQUEEN November 6, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Am shocked at d ignorance of certain pple.If u pple dnt want 2hear d truth,den go nd sleep,dis is d best article av read in a long time.Obama has no business wit Africa.D man came into power with d worst economy USA eva had nd we expect him to perform a miracle 4 Africa.nd about Obama not comin 2 Nigeria,do we expect him 2come 2 a country where there is Boko Haram,he’s human nd he doesn’t want 2die jst less dan a year he got power.We shld blame ourselves nd or leaders 4 not bringing us in a good light nd stop blaming a man who is tryin 2 build his nation.

  • ABT November 7, 2012 at 7:48 am

    As 4me I dnt see d reason why people are so much crazy about obama ,obama is a man like everybody 4 African t o have thought dat obama will be their MESSIAH is a wrong motive. We should look into our Countries what has our Presidents doing? Use Jonathan as tipical example, wat has he done for d past Years? Let us look inward not outside. Wat is going on in Nigeria really call for an urgent attension than to be shiefting our focus on OBAMA. Let ‘s face our bussiness and forge ahead to those things that is profitable.

  • Mana November 6, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    That’s it! Obama is a U.S. President not African president!

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