President Barack Obama has arrived in Senegal with his family at the start of an eight-day trip to Africa.
The US hopes the tour will jump-start its relationship with the continent where many feel neglected by the Obama administration.
Although some will give him a warm welcome, expectations that the first Afro-American president would build relationships which would lead to trade have not materialised.
In a country with an unemployment rate of 48 percent, Senegal is looking to Washington to join others like China in exploiting investment opportunities.
Obama’s trip will also take in South Africa and Tanzania, countries all with functioning democracies which Congress back home is urging him to view as a sound bedrock for economic growth.