July 11th, 2009
08:20 AM ET
13 years ago

Africans reach out to Obama via text messages

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/africa/07/11/obama.texting/art.obama.ghana730.afp.gi.jpg caption="President Obama greets people Saturday during breakfast at Osu Castle in Accra, Ghana."]
(CNN) - The text messages address various issues and come from all over the African continent.

From the personal: "Obama, as a young lady I dream of being the president. U r a huge encouragement."

To cries for help: "Dear president, Darfur firing again...waiting for peace through the change u promised."

To calls for intervention: "Encourage African leaders to improve the quality and access to education for citizens."

The messages, from Ghana, Sudan and South Africa respectively, were among more than 5,000 sent to Barack Obama during his first visit as president to sub-Saharan Africa as president.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Jenna, SC

    I think it's great that the president is in Ghana. I hope that America can forge a new relationship with many countries in Africa. The entire continent is going to be difficult, but we can start with the ones where there is a democracy.

    July 11, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. makesUwonder

    The Prez tells us to what we can to stop global warming yet he travels the world leaving his carbon footprint. The Prez tells us to cut back, tighten our belts and sacrifice yet he travels the globe all on the taxpayer's dime. The Prez has his lavish weekly parties and imports steaks from Japan at $100.00 a pound. Our First Lady loves those $6000.00 handbags and $500.00 tennis shoes. Our First Lady is the first to have her very own makeup artist costing the taxpayer $100,000.00 a year.................Ah yes, another very famous person comes to mind..........Marie Antoinette.................cake anyone?

    July 11, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. GI Joe

    Don't just blog your complaints – write your representatives and senators and let THEM know. It's their job to fix what's wrong.

    Don't just whine and hate – take action.

    July 11, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. How does it help us.......

    when Obama runs to Africa to hide while our economy is sinking, unemployment is rising, and foreclosures are killing people.....

    We've also got troops dying every day in Afghanistan and Iraq.....

    Has Obama put Africa before America???? Guess so.

    July 11, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. B.H.

    You can see that people are starving for intelligent talk and co-operation instead of arrogant bluster and threats!

    July 11, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Marilyn

    Stop sending money we don't have to other countries!!! We are not the world's 911.

    July 11, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. NIKI

    I am from Cameroon and if I am in the US now it is because of collapsing government. I will acknowledge God exist when African government will listen to their people.

    July 11, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |