As I sit here glued to CNN (really, I should wait to watch later but it’s fun to watch the percentages change bit by bit), I’ve been thinking back to how much Africans adore Obama. Because of his Kenyan father, I can’t tell you how many times (like millions), I’ve been asked in Africa, as an American, ‘Oh you know Obama?!’ I wish I could tell them, ‘Of course I do. We grab coffee together on Fridays.’ Except I don’t drink coffee, and I don’t know Obama personally. But I know that they are just excited to talk about Obama, and I try to relay as much current news as I can. As an American, my popularity in Kenya grew tenfold from my visit in 2008 to my subsequent visits. And I quickly discovered on those later visits that Obama products are everywhere… everywhere!
I’m sure like many of us, including this little girl, you are extremely sick of hearing the names Romney and Obama and are relieved the elections are over. But I thought I’d give you a glimpse of Obama products that can be found in Africa and leave the politics for others to discuss. (I came across tons of clothing and even backpacks and shoes, but I couldn’t find all of the photos.)
And just so you know, even though Africa loves President Obama, I also discovered President Bush at the Hot Coconut Bar on Likoma Island. I bring you- bonus photos:
I’d love to hear what random products you’ve come across on your travels!