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Can’t wait to see President Barack Obama when he comes to Ghana? Oh wait, that was almost two months ago.
Obama is gone, but you’d hardly know it from all the billboards along busy roadways in the capital, Accra. Most of them say “Akwaaba,” which means “welcome” in Twi, and depict Obama shoulder to shoulder with his Ghanaian counterpart, President John Atta Mills (see photo below).
Hey, if I were Mills, I’d keep my image next to Obama’s straight through the 2012 election cycle. Mills can forever brag that he was the first sub-Saharan president to host America’s first black president.
We’ll see how long the billboards and median-strip signs remain. After the 2008 presidential election, which eventually was decided in January, towering political billboards stayed put for months in Accra. Eventually, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly — equivalent to a city council — ordered them removed by the end of April.