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Thursday, President Obama will journey to Kenya and Ethiopia for a historic trip. It will be his fourth presidential visit to sub-Saharan Africa–more than any of his predecessors–and it will also be the first time a sitting president has visited both nations. While many Kenyans are excited the president is journeying to his father’s homeland, a recent CNN report calling the nation a “hotbed of terror” has many up in arms.

During a segment about the president’s upcoming trip to Kenya, CNN detailed several “security fears,” discussing the 2013 Westgate mall assault that left 67 people dead and the attack at Garissa University last April, in which 147 people were killed. Both incidents were carried out by Somali-based terror group Al-Shabab, who’ve been attempting to launch attacks in Kenya as retaliation for Kenya’s 2011 military actions in Somalia.

Despite CNN’s assertion that Kenya is a “terror hotbed” and an unstable nation, the country has experienced tremendous economic growth. The World Bank estimates Kenya will grow by 6% in 2015 and expects it “to become one of the fastest growing economies in East Africa.”

Because Kenya is home to beautiful landscapes, bustling cities, and a growing economy, many Kenyans were upset CNN reduced their country to a “hotbed of terror” and took to Twitter to express their anger.

Though CNN hosts admitted the president is unlikely to encounter any security issues during his trip to Kenya and Ethiopia, Joseph Nkaissery, Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary, said the network should apologize “if it’s civilized enough.”

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  • Ann Gomez

    Kenya is a beautiful place, but some people need to face reality this place dose have its issues and I do see the concern. The urban cities maybe grand and beautiful but who’s the ones working their and making all the money? The part of Kenya Obama supposed to be going to is the country side that has had several incidents ove the past year.

    • danmuchai

      It is sad, Ann, that you have reduced to the country to a “a beautiful place” with “a few nice buildings” made possible by “western investment coming in”. This is a biased view of Kenya as a backwoods country that is privileged to be developed.
      Using the same perspecitive, we would say the USA is a racist country that has little respect for minority rights, and even less respect for the rights of non-Americans. Can you see the danger of oversimplifying and using the same brush to paint cities, countries and continents?
      To respond to the specifics you have raised, it is true Nairobi,has experienced terror attacks.This is also true of many cities in the world including, New York City, London, Paris and Tokyo.
      It is true that Nairobi is a city of contradictions, but so are the cities named above.
      I do not believe, CNN was stating facts. They were presenting a skewed perspective that did not address all the material facts about, Nairobi, Kenya and East Africa. That an international news leader will quote an analyst and publish a report on “security concerns” as a threat to the U.S. president reeks of unprofessionalism.
      FYI, over 5000 residents of Nairobi died in 1998 when terrorists struck the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. These souls died for a country they did not belong to. When a U.S. news agency creates misleading impressions of the same country, it should be viewed as worse than an insult.

    • Ann Gomez

      I call it like I see it, a majority of those buildings and bussiness are there through western and Chinese investment. It’s just like South Africa a majority of the bussines are white and Asian owned. The country has promblems so stop attacking like their doing big things like the Bahamas.

    • eve-audrey

      Bahamas is living through tourism mainly so that is also foreign money. And for your information foreign investment is what helps countries develop. I get fed up with people acting like africans are weak for having foreign investors in their countries when it happens everywhere.

      The world is an open place and if you want to see growth you learn how to attract others’ money and skills. that is basic economics. That is how the US and european countries maintain their position.

      And just so you know no one is denying the problems of Kenya or africa but Kenya is full of young black kenyan entrepreneurs too.

    • Not to mention that America has relied on foreign investments for a long time. Great points. I have read many stories about Africa entrepreneurs in Namibia, Nigeria, Ghana, etc.

    • eve-audrey

      Thank you thruth. Being a black “concious” is good but knowing wtf you are talking about is better.

      By the way i am currently in cameroon now and enjoying every part of it woes and all. Have a good day truth.

    • You’re Welcome. Have a Great Day as well eve-audrey.

    • Ann Gomez

      All places have tourism, but the place I’m talking about have an education rate of 98%. So if their at the same level why aren’t they as self sufficient. After all they have a abudence of tourism and resources. So why aren’t they as succesful as black islands that have half the resources.

    • Ann Gomez

      Are you seriously comparing first world nations to that of the 3rd world. You guys are so delusional you can’t even admit facts, like I said what they said was true and I can see why their upset but that place has promblems, and those issues shouldn’t be omitted.

    • Ann Gomez

      Then who’s investing of African decent who isn’t in bed with the Chinese and Westerners?

    • eve-audrey

      You call it be in bed with the chinese or westerners we call it partnership. Akon does not have less merit because he partenered with foreigners.

    • Ann Gomez

      I never said it did, you guys are acting like Kenya self sufficient like someplace a in carribean and it’s simply not true.

    • eve-audrey

      I get it you must be bahamian lol

      I will respond to your two posts with one answer : there is no self sufficient place in the carribean. Not even the Bahamas. When your whole economy and most people’ jobs are dependent of foreign people spending money during their holidays you are not self sufficient because you are not producing anything. There goes your “first world black country”

      And for the last time no one said things were perfect in africa. There are african people criticizing their gouvernements and talking about what needs to be done.

      Now you are acting like a white person being defensive and clueless when people try to correct the self righteouness in your comments lol

      This is my last reply to you.

      PS: the litteracy rate of Kenya is 85% not even close to be enough but barely a nation of illiterates.

    • Ann Gomez

      Trinidad and Tobago is one of the wealthiest countries in the Caribbean, thanks to its large reserves of oil and gas, the exploitation of which dominates its economy.

    • AfroCapricornette

      If tourism stopped in Bahamas or the Carribbean, they would all suffer. Everyone, and even they know, that tourism and off-shore havens are their main cash cows in certain island nations.

    • Ann Gomez

      And so would a lot of other places so what’s your point.

    • Ann Gomez

      Tourism did stop for a time remember the recession…

    • AfroCapricornette

      Ann. There are hundreds of African billionaire biz men and entrepreneurs who invest in their respective countries and on the continent as well. Just google Forbes Africa and see. Every country relies on foreign direct investment, even the great USA! Remember how much we owe China and how they’re buying up Detroit and other historic American buildings e.g Waldorf-Astoria. You don’t see foreigners declining to visit USA because of the crazy gun violence and daily killings of Black bodies.

    • Ann Gomez

      I know of the few African billionaires but you guys are acting like Kenya a first world black nation like the Bahamas and that’s simply not true. You guys are comparing apples to oranges, poor people in the U.S have a fake reality. Your not poor if you have iPhones and Xboxs. Their might be isolated gun violence incidents but it’s not like the violence over there.

    • eve-audrey

      And lol @ you talking about “isolated gun violence incidents” on a black site in times like these. Weren’t you the one talking about getting the hell out of america because it is such a hellish place for blacks ?

    • Ann Gomez

      The one thing that differs us is are right to bare arms. What the government wants to do is take that away, these incidents are isolated compared to other places. If the government funded mental health faculties and the media stoped promoting violence maybe things wouldn’t be so crazy.

    • AfroCapricornette

      Bahamas a first world black nation?? Ok then. No doubt it’s a great island but guess what? They rely on foreign investment as well in the form of tourism! I’m not saying Kenya or Africa as a whole has no bad parts but I guess I’m just weary of people thinking the West is all utopia and African people are living a real life version of the Hunger Games. Btw, gun violence is not isolated in America at all. I believe the stats put it at one every couple of days;;;have to re-check that. But yes, no country is perfect, and that is why we all need allies. Even the G8 are allies (or frenemies depending on the sitch).

    • eve-audrey

      This is all i am saying. Thank you

    • Ann Gomez

      Google it another place on the rise is Trinidad. The islands are winning and finding ways to be self sufficient.

    • Ann Gomez

      Grecee has fallen but the Bahamas is still poping and for some odd reason the hate is deep on this thread. Why so bitter? Africa had a prime chance with cape town and Johannesburg in South Africa. At the Time they were richer then the U.S and they drop the ball on a gold mine. It is coming back slowly but when I see little island like st Lucia making money and educating their people I give your comments a side eye.

  • I respect both points of view on this issue. Kenya is not a nation that has the amount of terrorism that Syria or Iraq has. Although, Kenya has its issues with Somalia. It would be fair also to acknowledge the economic growth found in Kenya too. Many people have a stereotype of Africa that Africa is solely filled with terrorists, civil wars, and totally violent filled areas. Racists readily express that stereotype. The truth is that many Africans are doing what is right and Africa does have many modern industries, modern technology, and other avenues of great development. Many nations of Africa have massive GDP growth like Ghana. There is the issue of economic inequality in Kenya, but many progressive people do live in Kenya and they are making a difference. The solution to the problems in Africa doesn’t deal with trickled down economics. Fair, accurate reporting is needed. I will say Bless Kenya as we all wish any African nation to prosper and for its people to have freedom and justice. Africa is our Motherland.