Monday, November 10, 2008
We were in a small Catholic guesthouse in Wa, a city in the Upper West region of far northern Ghana, very nearly in Burkina Faso. We had asked all of our friends back home to call us when the results started coming in, and at around 3:00 a.m. our phones started blowing up with text messages and calls. We huddled in the dark in a small circle in the courtyard, a small group of environment trainees, yelling and giving each other high fives. I called my parents to celebrate the moment. In southern Ghana, the capital city of Accra went crazy. In Kenya, a national holiday was declared. Since then I have had so many conversations with Ghanaians about Barack Obama that I will hopefully write about in more detail later on. I've been realizing that part of what defines my experience in Africa is being here as Obama has been elected, and during his Presidency. What can I say, except that on January 20th President Barack Obama becomes my new boss!