Uganda, November 15, 2008
Not everyone has Obamania in Kampala
Crossing the border into Uganda, I was greeted by cheers of "Obama! Obama!" so I expected there to be universal love for Barak Obama here, as I found in Kenya's endless Obama party.
Surprisingly, that was not the case. Ugandans had pretty divergent and contradictory opinions on the President-elect, from fanboys to skeptics, that I explored one night in Kampala.
First, let's hear from two Ugandan women, one who says she has "no good feelings about Obama":
Next up, we have two guys debating if Barak's message of change was "all hype" or not. I say they are just jealous, wishing they could have Obama too. Watch the video to see if they are:
Now regardless of their respective opinions, I do love that there is such a vibrant debate about American politics in the middle of Africa. First that Ugandans are international enough to have informed opinions, and second that they can feel free to express them so passionately.
Not every country, in Africa or not, is so free.