Clinton arrives in Abuja, Nigeria
Hillary Clinton arrived in the capital of Nigeria Tuesday night, August 11th, 2009. As reported by both the BBC and Peter Clottey of the Voice of America, Clinton's itinerary for this 36 hour visit to Abuja includes meetings with politicians from several parties prior to meeting President Yar'Adua. Suleiman M. Bisalla and Aisha Umar of Nigeria's Daily Trust write that the Nigerian administration is offended that Clinton's staff put her itinerary together without first consulting them. Such an arrangement may run "contrary to diplomatic norms" but shows that key advisors such as Johnnie Carson as well as Mrs. Clinton herself are aware of the complexity and dynamism of Nigeria's multi-ethnic political landscape. It is too bad that she will be unable to visit more of the country to absorb the roots of the complexity among the people in their local environment.
Imnakoya, Solmonsydelle, and Beauty have also posted today on the Clinton visit to Nigeria.
Jewels in the Jungle has a fabulous and very lengthy post on the Clinton's entire trip to Africa. Firoze Manji, writing in Pambazuka News, analyzes the focus on economic development and promotion of the interests of U.S. corporations by Clinton in picking countries to visit and issues to raise with African politicians.