Thursday, July 9, 2009

Obama to push Africa democracy on landmark visit

ACCRA (AFP) — Posters of Barack Obama festooned the streets of the Ghana capital on Thursday ahead of the first visit to sub-Saharan Africa by the first black US president.

Obama will go from the Group of Eight summit in Italy on Friday to press his message that conflict-tainted Africa needs good governance and economic progress.

During the 24 hour trip, Obama and his wife Michelle -- a descendent of African slaves -- will also tour Cape Coast Castle, one of Africa's biggest former slave trading posts.

His aides said the president wants to stress the interconnection between Africa and the rest of the world in the 21st century.

Obama picked Ghana for his maiden presidential venture into sub-Saharan Africa because it is one of the few success stories on the continent -- in terms of democracy and prosperity.

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