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African Media Largely Indifferent to Summit

The Wednesday edition of Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper, like most publications across Africa, did not include a single mention of the summit on its front page.

The U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit has drawn very little media attention in Africa. The coverage that appeared was rehashed copy from international news agencies. Very few publications focused on how the outcomes will affect their home countries.

This lack of domestic framing reflects a few factors. First, few African publications can afford to maintain a U.S. bureau or to send a reporter to Washington to cover the summit. Second, there is still uncertainty about how individual countries will benefit from the announced deals, and the continent-wide nature of the announcements makes it difficult for leaders to claim any deals as breakthroughs to local voters.

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