A book titled “Afrocentric Obama and Lessons on Political Campaigning”, was on Saturday launched in Accra, with a call on the youth to consider book writing as a venture, to preserve Ghana’s legacy through literary work.
The 180-page book written by Dr. Godwin Etse Sikanku, a lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon, dissects the life of United States President Barack Obama, his political life and the effects that African values had on him as a political figure.
Launching the book, Kwaku Sakyi Addo, Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, said that the book projects the relevance of politics of decency which is of importance to Ghana and Africa as a whole.
He said that the US election was a spectacle on its own, in relation to the primaries, conventions, debates and fundraising processes.
According to Mr. Sekyi-Addo, the US political terrain, reflects the politics of a heart and not that of a pocket, and urged Ghanaians to draw lessons from the book, to relate to political processes, where money was given to electorate by aspirants instead of the electorate supporting political aspirants.
“This book depicts a political system of fundraising against funds grabbing, and I urge you to read it and draw lessons to strengthen our political processes,” he said.
This is an excellent work and I congratulate the author for working on this book which brings out the life of President Obama and how his African identity contributed to his presidency in the US,” he added.
Dr Sikanku, said that the book was about President Obama, who has become an international political figure, and has had influence on the world based on African identity and values.
The author said that he examined the African aspect of President Obama’s identity and how this played a role on his political life.
He said that several lessons can be drawn from the political campaign of the main character in the book and how he governed the United States within the past eight years.
He urged for decency in Ghana’s political landscape, and asked political leaders in the country not to bring division among Ghanaian but to unite the people irrespective of their political affiliations.