The US President arrived in Accra on Friday night to a warm proverbial Ghanaian "Akwaaba" to begin his momentous two-day visit, his first to a sub-Saharan African nation since assuming office. The US Presidential jet, Air Force One, which is making its third call to the Kotoka International Airport, after President Bill Clinton (1998) and President George W. Bush (2008), touched down around 2105 hours.
Moments later, President Obama accompanied by his wife Michelle, their two daughters, Malia and Sasha, and a 50-member delegation, came out of the aircraft to euphoric cheers. There were moving scenes at the airport as President John Evans Atta Mills, resplendent in a smock and his wife Naadu, in a wax kaba cloth, approached the gangway to receive the US first family. Nadei Okaikoi, eight-and-half years old class three pupil of ALSYDS Academy, presented a bouquet to President Obama.
The US president and his wife and children, full of smiles, were introduced to the welcoming party which included politicians from across the political divide, including Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the losing presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Election 2008. The festive atmosphere was enhanced by a dancing troupe from the National Dance Company whose Coordinator, Mr George Lamptey, said they were performing heraldic dances meant to welcome the august visitor and his family and make them feel at home. President Obama savoured the moment by taking a few steps to the "frontonfron" beat and encouraged his wife, who was then walking with Mrs Mills, to join in dancing to the beat.