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Big is big!His victory wasn’t big. It wasn’t pretty. It certainly wasn’t inspirational in the way his first win in 2008 was. But it was a win all the same, says a post on website, www.guardian.co.uk.
Rachel Garuka
Rachel Garuka

Big is big!

His victory wasn’t big. It wasn’t pretty. It certainly wasn’t inspirational in the way his first win in 2008 was. But it was a win all the same, says a post on website, www.guardian.co.uk.

What will Obama’s win do for me? I have no idea, I’m certainly not related to him (well, we both hail from Africa, if that can be called related) but in terms of what his position as the most powerful man in the world will do for me as an individual, zero!                        

Yet still, even with my dislike for politics, I tried to follow his campaign updates and prayed for him to get a second term. Why? I simply like the man; this has ceased being about African roots or skin colour.

Even though some people are in denial, we are interested in America. That is why we follow US elections. Because we’re interested. And no…Americans won’t follow African elections. Because they aren’t interested. It’s just the way it is.

Where I come from, which is Africa, most people want to go to America or a country similar to it. They will sell their land, house or car (even their soul if they have to) or take up courses in university that will give them the opportunity to apply for a job in America. 

Ask a child what they want to be in the future, RWF 50,000 says they probably want to go to America to be a doctor or lawyer. For some people, when financial problems persist, the only solution is to borrow money and apply for a job in America.

The first thing that comes to mind when America is mentioned is a comfortable life and, of course, freedom. It is known for being a wealthy country that offers a lot of opportunities to people- where dreams come true! America is simply a fascinating country, and as long as it is around, people will always be interested in it.

Should we pay more attention to our own issues? Yeah, but we can’t. It’s America, and big is big. America is big, that is why we are interested. That is why we love people like Beyoncé and will literally spend our entire life’s saving just to watch them perform live, yet try to convince someone to spend the same amount on a local show – if they don’t sneer, they will question your sanity. It’s a shame, but it’s the way it is.

When Usain Bolt, raced his heart out and defended his title in the 2012 London Olympics, people were ecstatic. He is from Jamaica, I know, but what does his win have to do with us? Nothing! Why did we post one rapturous message after another about a man who isn’t even from Africa? We don’t know. But big is big! And people are interested in big.

 

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