Slave history lesson and dance mark Obamas' trip to Ghana

Slave history lesson and dance mark Obamas' trip to Ghana

After the businesslike atmosphere of the summits in Russia and Italy, President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their daughters were given a colourful traditional send-off following a flying visit to Ghana.

America's first family departed from the capital Accra's airport to the whoops and cheers of local dancers. 

Wherever they went in the African country the Obamas were met by huge crowds, many of them wearing Barack t-shirts and Stars and Stripes memorabilia.

The US leader addressed the country's parliament and also visited the Door Of No Return.

The bleak gate at the 17th century Cape Coast fortress was the departure point for millions of Africans shipped to servitude in the New World.

"I will never forget the image of my daughters, Malia and Sasha, walking through those doors of no return but then walking back through them," he said.

"Hopefully one of the things imparted to them was a sense of obligation to fight oppression and cruelty where it appears."

Photo: PA

Monday July 13, 2009

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