Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

U.S. President Historic Visit to the African Union

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

U.S. President Historic Visit to the African Union

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U.S. President Barack Obama hails Africa's development in a historic visit to the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethopia July 28, 2015: "Although we welcome you as the President of the United States of America, we also claim you as our own". With those words, H.E Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, welcomed the President Barack Hussein Obama to the African Union headquarters. His visit is the first by a sitting USA president to the African Union.

AUC Chairperson H.E Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, noted the strong and historic bond of Africa and the USA, which forged with the blood and sweat of African sons and daughters captured and forced across the Atlantic Ocean, toiling on the plantations and cities that made the United States into the great country it is. The Chairperson also warmly welcomed the Congressional delegation, recalling their bipartisan unwavering support, and the support of ordinary Americans, to the African struggle against colonialism and apartheid.

She further highlighted that this visit comes at a time when the African continent has adopted a framework for its development for the coming fifty years, Agenda 2063, the Africa we want. "Africa is a youthful continent and likely to remain so over the next few decades. By the end of this century, one in three of the world's population will be African. Over half of its population is women. Our people therefore remain our most precious resource" she added.

In his farewell speech, following a historic trip to Kenya and Ethiopia, President Obama hailed Africa's extraordinary progress, while noting that such progress can only be sustained through continued progress and democracy for all. It was the first speech to the African Union by a sitting USA president.

"I stand before you as a proud American. …

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