Four things we can learn from Obama's visit to Kenya

By mahlokoane percy ngwato

Stay Connected! Follow @AfricaBizReview and @MrNLon Twitter. Like our Facebook Page.

President Obama’s two-day visit to Kenya is not just notable for the fact that he is the first sitting US President to do so but also for the clear message he delivered to the nation.  

1. Empower Women
Shortly before the President flew from Kenya to Ethiopia, he addressed a diplomatic gathering at the US Embassy in Nairobi, he said: “Any nation that fails to educate its girls or employ its women and allow them to maximise their potential is doomed to fall behind the global economy. Imagine if you have a team and you don’t let half of the team play, that’s stupid... That makes no sense.”
He added: “Evidence shows that societies that give daughters similar opportunities as their sons are more likely to progress faster... and when they become mothers are more likely to bring up educated children.”


Fresh opportunities for women as South African Equity Act amended
4 reasons why Africa is becoming the continent of the female entrepreneur
Top 10 Female Business Leaders in Africa

2. Invest in the youth
Addressing a packed sports arena in Nairobi, Obama highlighted that Kenya’s success was inextricably linked to the opportunities available to its youth. He drew on his own experience: “A young, ambitious Kenyan today should not have to do what my grandfather did, and serve a foreign master. You don’t need to do what my father did, and leave your home in order to get a good education and access to opportunity. Because of Kenya’s progress, because of your potential, you can build your future right here, right now.”

3. Recognise equality
The President also used his time in Kenya to put pressure on the administration to combat the discrimination against homosexuals, linking the cause with that of women’s empowerment, addressing Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta at a press conference, he said: “As somebody who has family in Kenya and knows the history of how the country so often is held back because women and girls are not treated fairly, I think those same values apply when it comes to different sexual orientations.”

4. Embrace Human Rights
President Obama, conscious of not offending his hosts, obliquely stated that “there also has to be space for citizens to exercise their rights.” This statement, while fairly non-committal, is also expected to have increased significance when the President makes his tour of Ethiopia over the next few days.

Sources: [NY Times, BBC, Yahoo News]

Read the July Issue of African Business Review. 


Featured Articles

Middle East GDP hike of 57% if more women join workforce

By tapping into the potential of next-generation female workers, the MENA region could unlock new economic opportunities, up to US$2 trillion, reports PwC

Dialight supplies LED solutions for industrial safety

Reliance on inefficient lighting technologies are not only harmful to the environment, but also increase injury risk and cost

Top 10: Tech, AI, cloud, cyber speakers at TECH LIVE LONDON

TECH LIVE LONDON events sees technology leaders from IBM, Oracle, Vodafone, JP Morgan, Accenture and the US Space Force among the inspirational speakers

Cyber LIVE adds Vodafone head of cyber Kawalec to line-up

Leadership & Strategy

Musk’s multibillion hostile Twitter takeover – the timeline

Leadership & Strategy

Sustainable moves businesses can make to win customers, IBM