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A sign promoting the visit of US president George W. Bush is seen in Dar es Salaam, February 2008.

The reason American presidents keep visiting the same few African countries

By News & Current Affairs

By Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa — Melania Trump has just concluded her trip to Africa, her first major solo international swing as US first lady. In her choice of nations to visit—Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt—she followed in the footsteps of not just former first ladies but also American presidents. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first US president to set foot in Africa, landing in Bathurst in British Gambia in…

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Demonstrators carry banners as they march during a protest in Ghana's capital Accra, March 28, 2018

‘Ghana not for sale’: Protesters march in Accra against military deal with US

By Editors' Choice

A controversial pact, in which the US military wants to invest $20 million and get access to Ghana’s runways and communications, set off rallies in the West African nation, with people chanting their country is “not for sale.” Thousands of people flocked to the streets of Accra, the capital of Ghana, to protest a military deal the government recently signed with the US. As part of the agreement, Washington would…

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