To Africans President Barack Obama is the most significant African diasporan. Clearly, the potential economic contribution of President Obama to Africa is huge. Already he has demonstrated this as with when in 2014 he assembled the largest ever contingent of African Heads-of-State in Washington, D.C. in a US-Africa summit. It was the first time the United States ever hosted a summit of that magnitude for representatives from Africa. In 2013, President Obama launched Power Africa, an innovative partnership to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa where more than 600 million people currently lack access. During the U.S-Africa Leadersâ€™ Summit in 2014, President Obama reaffirmed that Power Africa was for all of sub-Saharan Africa and tripled Power Africaâ€™s goals to work towards adding 30,000 megawatts (MW) of new, cleaner electricity generation capacity and increasing electricity access by at least 60 million new connections. As seen in President Buhariâ€™s efforts, I believe that Nigeria will tap into this power Africa program, and use it as one of the tools for engaging the African diaspora in developing Nigeria. One of the great benefits I believe the African diaspora can offer is linkage to foreign direct investment that will bring high quality tools and jobs to the country. I am Magnus Kpakol, and thatâ€™s my view.
Posted: Apr 19th, 2016 @ 08:33:52 AM