Once through the Door of No Return, enslaved Africans knew they would never see their homeland again.
For the Obamas, and particularly Michelle, whose ancestors were shipped to America as slaves, their visit to a former slave trading post was a particularly emotional experience. During his whirlwind trip to Ghana, Obama said his family had experienced the triumphs and tragedies of Africa’s history. Before leaving, he reiterated the message that development depends on good governance. “We believe that no one, whether through the influence of politics, the power of money or the fear of force, is above the law. I especially want to again speak to the young people of Africa. In places like Ghana you make up more than half the population and here is what you must know, that the world is what you make it; you have the power to hold your leaders accountable and to build institutions that serve the people.” Obama said Africans should take greater responsibility for stamping out war, corruption, and disease. He said the US would be with them every step of the way. The Obamas then headed home, having strengthened their links with Africa and having left a message of hope for the future.