Dining at the Obama Inn: Affiong L. Affiong, a Nigerian domiciled in Ghana, is intrigued by president Barack Obama's itinerary when he visits Ghana on 10 July. "Visit to Cape Coast Castle." C'est fini? I thought my eyes were playing games," she writes.

Author:Affiong, Affiong L.

ON 17 MAY, THE VENERABLE New York Times reported: "Mr Obama will travel to Accra, the capital of Ghana, on July 10 for an overnight stop at the end of a trip that will first take him to Moscow to meet with Russian leaders and then Sardinia for the annual summit of the G8 powers. The president and Mrs Obama look forward to strengthening the US relationship with one of our most trusted partners in sub-Saharan Africa, and to highlighting the critical role that sound governance and civil society play in promoting lasting development ..."

Yes, Obama-ists around the globe received the news of President Obama's visit to Ghana with glee. The itinerary to other countries was packed and clearly stated but for the Accra trip, there was only one item. Visit to Cape Coast Castle. C'est fini? I thought my eyes were playing games. I asked a colleague to read the press release again. What's on the agenda for Accra? Visit to Cape Coast Castle. Period.

There is more to this than meets the eye, so off I went to my friend the ink seller to check if the Obama itinerary had been written in invisible ink. He confirmed there was some invisible writing but confessed it was beyond his ability to decode. So I made an appointment to meet with a wise old friend to shed some light on this matter. We agreed to meet up at our favourite joint, the Obama Inn in Accra, renowned for its enticing menu. My friend suggested the reason the Accra itinerary was empty was because matters regarding the visit were too heavy for ordinary eyes to behold and that if the agenda had been openly stated, it would have incited and excited all sorts of anti-imperialists and anti-capitalists, as well as conspiracy theorists.

What heavy issues could be heavier than a large bowl of fufu, I wondered? I listened in shock and awe as my friend began to decode the invisible agenda on the itinerary. It was deeply coded in menu-speak: Washington--Accra, July 2oop; Banku and CIA Okro Soup; AFRICOM and Palaver Sauce; Fufu with Crude Oil Soup; Kenkey and Slavery is a Crime Fish; Jollof Rice with Climate Change Stew.

According to my friend, as Commander-in-Chief, Obama is scheduled to inspect, in Accra, the largest US embassy in Africa which also doubles as CIA head-quartets on our beloved continent. This is where the US government will centralise all its activities in Africa. My friend went on to say that after Al Qaeda bombed the US embassy/CIA HQ in Nairobi, they relocated to Accra. He swears the Accra...

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