Today, if you drive around any major sub-Saharan city you’ll find the Obama family on posters, framed newspaper clippings in barbershops and 6-foot paintings sold on the roadside. But expectations of his how his tenure would translate to policy as multifaceted as the continent itself.

Last week, President Obama addressed a crowd of 500 young sub-Saharan Africans, fellows of his administration’s Young African Leaders Initiative. In a speech that lasted over 20 minutes, Obama told the fellows that the world needs a “prosperous and self-reliant” Africa but also that he believes in them and that they have the full support of […]