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U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit Overview

BBC   in 
August 5, 2014

As President Barack Obama hosts the first-ever US Africa summit, which has seen invitations being issued to 50 African leaders, BBC Africa’s Alexis Akwagyiram considers what the US hopes to achieve from the gathering.

Micheal Kimbi Tchenga is excited about the future.

The young civil servant from Limbe, in Cameroon, is in Washington for an address by President Obama.

Mr Tchenga, who has spent the last few months in the US participating in a fellowship programme aimed at nurturing the next generation of African leaders, is in a reflective mood.

“When we came here we discovered that the perception people had of Africa was one of a dark place – a jungle where people are at war and diseases decimate people living in shacks,” he says.

“We’ve had to challenge those views. We are educated and we have good stories that aren’t being told by the Western media.

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