JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) â€” Barack Obama, the United States' first African-American president, has captured the imagination of people across the continent where his face shows up on billboards, backpacks, T-shirts & restaurants.
This week Obama will be visiting Kenya, where his father was born, for a summit on entrepreneurship before heading to Ethiopia to address leaders at the African Union headquarters. Wherever he goes, large crowds are expected to gather & cheer him.
With his African ancestry, locals have been quick to claim the president as one of their own & his name turns up in surprising places, such as emblazoned across mobile phones in Bujumbura, Burundi.
p>In the Kenyan town where his step-grandmother still lives, near Lake Victoria, the local high school has been named "Senator Obama," a legacy of his visit there in 2006 before he became president.
At the seaside in Conakry, Guinea in West Africa, a thatched hut boasts to be the Obama restaurant. Not to be outdone, Accra, the capital of Ghana, has a hotel restaurant named for the president.
In perhaps one of the greatest honors Africa can bestow, Obama's picture is side by side with that of former South African president & renowned activist Nelson Mandela outside a Pretoria clinic where the South African leader was treated.
Barack ObamaJOHANNESBURG, South Africa
Source: “Associated Press”