It was a hard-won battle, a choice between the past and the future, a choice between fear of the future or hope of the future, a distinction between what America is and what it should be. Two powerful forces collided, and in the end, the force of change and hope prevailed. Obama won. History was born.
Old people said they never thought they would live to see this day - when a black person, who had lived through slavery, Jim Crow and segregation, would occupy the most exalted office in the universe. Fourty years after Martin Luther King's dream saw him at the top of the mountain, somebody actually reached the top of that mountain.
Obama won because America heeded the calling of King, who had said all men should be judged by the content of their character, and not the color of their skin. If the skin was the judge, Senator John McCain was the clear winner. And if the test was in the quality of the mind and a grasp of issues, Obama was the hardly disputable winner.
The victory of Barrack Obama should have only one significance for developing nations across Africa, particularly Nigeria - nepotism, tribalism and other cankerworms must be uprooted. The very things that they like about Obama's victory are the very ingredients for the fabric of vibrant African societies. The dancing from the streets of Lagos, Nairobi, Accra, Soweto and Dakar must have only one meaning - that African nations are ready to imbibe the same ideals and create the same environments that allowed Obama to win in the United States. If the son of an immigrant father, single mother, non-privileged in any way, can win the prized political office in America, the son of the poor, non-privileged, non-native person in all of Africa should be able to achieve the same feat.
In Nigeria, no longer must the governor of Osun State be a native-born person, nor the councillor of a local government in Abia State be born to an Abia father. Sangodeji from Ogun State must be able to go to Sokoto State to contest for governorship and Abubakar from Taraba should be able to become a Senator from Edo State. Chukwuemeka, who was born in Kano, should be able to represent the state in the national assembly. If Kofi was born in Nigeria by Ghanaian parents, he should be able to become the Nigerian president. This is the meaning of Obama's victory. This is what we must celebrate.