Was Obama’s speech meddling?

Ugandan journalist Andrew Mwenda wrote an interesting response to Obama’s Ghana speech for foreignpolicy.com. In it, he claims Obama has missed the point. It’s an interesting argument, though I’m not sure it’s justified based on the speech alone. A short excerpt:

The lesson for Obama is that Africa is likely to get better with less meddling in its affairs by the West, not more — whether that meddling is through aid, peacekeeping, or well-written speeches. Africa needs space to make mistakes and learn from them. The solutions for Africa have to be shaped and articulated by Africans, not outsiders. Obama needs to listen to Africans much more, not lecture them using the same old teleprompter.

Read the whole article here.

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