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January 30, 2009

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Edouard Yonkeu

"You will decide if your leaders will be held accountable, or if you will look the other way.

You will decide if the standards and the rules will be the same for everyone - regardless of ethnicity or of wealth.

And you will determine the direction of this country in the 21st century...

I wish all of you luck in finding this courage in the days and months to come, and I want you to know that as your ally, your friend, and your brother, I will be there to help in any way I can."

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That settles the ongoing debate in my opinion. God/Obama helps those who help themselves first.

Samira Edi

Mola thank you for selecting this section of President Obama's speeches. From it, we can deduce that he has an even greater clarity of the peculiarities of the continent than he makes out.

There's something about him that teases me with a niggling suspicion that the President is preparing to mount a surprise charge against the tyrants who've been clinging to power for decades. It might not necessarily be beligerent, but there is certainly something in the offing. He is a man in a hurry; with his work largely cut out. But most probably he is aware of the weight of expectations that Africans have on his presidency.

His inaugural speech gave a clear indication as a pacifist; and tyrants like Biya and Mugabe would be beguiled into a false sense of security by his seemingly innocuous and affable nature. That is when he might charge.

I don't know why, but I feel deep in my bones that in the next eight years, Obama will drag that continent out of it's deep stupor, and shake it into vitality into the 21st century. Maybe afterall, he might just be the "Messiah" as has he has been cynically labelled -- that will help Africa realize its full potential.
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Dr A A Agbormbai

This is a speech given by Obama, a powerless junior Senator from Illinois, in 2006. This was before, or at the start of, his presidential campaign.

At this point Obama wasn't presidential material and, despite his slogans, he wasn't even sure he would make it to the presidency. All the odds were against him.

However, two years of gruelling presidential training, gained through the tough primaries and general elections, has transformed Obama (the powerless Senator) into Obama (the powerful President).

This dramatic change of self-concept will have a considerable impact on his current views concerning what he can do for Africa. We are waiting for these views.

Samira Edi

Does a man of integrity change his politics or his values when he changes his job?

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