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Obamania by jc2010sl
March 14, 2011, 11:26 pm
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“Jackie Chan! Jackie Chan!” shouted the guy in the car park as my friend got out of the car. It’s a universal greeting for someone of eastern lineage (and she’s a relaxed Californian), so she didn’t take too much offence, even though she is a woman. “Actually, I’m American,” she pointed out. “Ah,” he said, becoming very serious of a sudden, “Barack Obama – he is my president.” It’s a common sentiment here. While the fact his father was born in Africa made some Americans claim he isn’t genuinely black (because not descended from American slaves) it’s precisely what makes Africans feel even more strongly towards him.

His name & image is everywhere in Sierra Leone, from stickers on polio victims’ wheelchairs, to flip flops bearing his name, and of course the poda-poda’s and taxis in town. Here are a couple that I’ve spotted; from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Even on the remote Turtle Islands, with no electricity or water, someone was sporting the popular “Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States” T-Shirt.

Jewellery is a common medium for the great man’s image.

Even a humble mud-guard isn’t too lowly to be plastered with his name.

I love that this pen is so simple in it’s branding; just “Obama”.

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