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Obama’s historic visit to Ghana-My Perspective


It is 5pm. There is huge traffic in some major streets in Accra. It is quite quiet too.
Last Friday the atmosphere was different. The major streets had been cleared by 7pm. Sounds of sirens filled the air; the few cars in town blew horns. Children giggled. Young people shouted. People who had already arrived in their homes stayed glued to their TV sets. Others drew their chairs closer to their radio sets and increased the volume. Every one was eager to hear news that the first black America president had landed safely on the soil of Ghana.

Some parts of the streets still have America’s flags hanging on poles. Some people have them in their cars and in their offices as well. There are still some pictures of President Obama and his wife with the inscription “AKWAABA PRESIDENT OBAMA”. “Akwaba” means welcome in the dialect twi spoken by majority of people in Ghana.

Today, Obama’s visit to Ghana may not be news. Last weekend it was the news that captured the world’s eyes, ears and hearts to a standstill.

President Obama’s historic visit to the Ghana people and places will remain golden lines in our good books.
The sight of him, the sound of his voice, the wisdom in his words and his touch will forever remain in the hearts, minds and eyes for many -young and old of my motherland.

My perspectives-Obama’s concern about Maternal Health in Ghana
One of the major places Barrack and Michelle Obama visited while in Ghana is the La General Hospital in Accra. The Obamas interacted with expectant mothers, touched and held babies and smiled at them sweetly.
It is conspicuous that the Obamas have issues that affect children and women such as maternal and infant mortality at heart.

Maternal health and infant mortality- are both critical development issues that need the world’s focus, intelligence and resources to support health related strategies, systems and policies.
Even though every woman and every child has the right to survival many women in Africa die in their attempts to give life to others-giving birth due to lack of effective pregnancy care and delivery support. Many children and women also loose their lives to Malaria and HIV.

Reducing Infant Mortality and improving on maternal health are part of the Millennium Development Goals:
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
Goal 5: Improve maternal health

For these two goals to be met there is the need for every one to respond to the wake up call and take action in his or her own small way.
It there fore calls for the dedication, commitments and responsibility of the individual, families, local and international communities, agencies and Governments if this goal is to be met.

What Obamas concern mean to me as a young woman.

As a young woman, knowing that such a respected and powerful political figure is concerned and willing to provide support in the area of health care gives me HOPE for the lives of us all women who are prone to death during pregnancy and delivery. According to reports, new programmes to be coordinated by the USAID will improve Ghana’s healthcare delivery in three regions.

“When children are being killed because of a mosquito bite, and mothers are dying in childbirth, then we know that more resources must be made.” President Obama said during his visit to Ghana.

Source: Daily




Anna Lag's picture

Thank you for this post

HI Gifty Pearl

Thank you so much for posting this description of Obama's visit. I know for me, as a woman in the US, his presidency gives me a lot of hope too.

I am excited to see what will happen in these next few years and hopefully healthcare change will be happen.

Please continue to share with all of us here at worldpulse.

Thanks again,

anna lag

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

Thanks Anna

Anna hi,
Thanks for your comments. It is my first time of hearing your beautiful voice here. I am happy that Healthcare will improve for women and children in most countries

Your comments encourages me to keep sharing because you know people are listening.
Kind regards,

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Greight Foundation

Jennifer Ruwart's picture

What an event

You described Obama's visit and its impact on you so powerfully. I, like so, many Americans feel a bit raw after our last presidency. Your story filled me with pride and hope in our main man. I guess you didn't get to meet Michelle? Next time!

Jennifer Ruwart
Chief Collaborator
JR Collaborations

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

Next Time Jeni

Jennifer hi,
i did not get the opportunity to meet Michelle but i am confident that i will meet her some day some how.
We are all proud of your main Man.Women and children's health improvement hope has been fueled as well.


Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Greight Foundation

busayo's picture

You are lucky in Ghana

Hi Gifty,
You are so lucky in ghana to have president Obama in your country, i am sure many blessings would accompany his visit.
I am so happy for you. We are all proud of him, he is a gift from heaven at this time.I will like to meet Michelle too some day, the solid woman behind her man. I am so proud of her.

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Hello Busayo!,
I count myself blessed and proud to be Ghanaian especially for the peace and democracy in the Country.

Some day somehow we wil get the opportunity to meet the powerful woman behind the great President. Over here, we normally say that behind every succesfuk man there is a woman. This tells me how important we are as women!


Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Greight Foundation

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