President Barack Obama pledges support for democracy in Africa as South Africa’s Lira sings at inauguration

President Barack Obama has pledged that United States would support democracy in Africa and elsewhere because it is in its interests to do so.

President Obama gave his inaugural address on Monday shortly after taking his public oath in Washington, D.C. The inauguration ceremony was watched by millions of people around the world including hundreds of thousands present at the inauguration ground.

On the promise of democracy, he said:

“We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colours of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago.”

Meanwhile, South African musician Lira was among a select few invited to sing at the inauguration ceremony, a selection which includes R&B popstar, Beyonce. Lira, 33, sang her rendition of the inspirational track titled ‘Something inside so strong.’

Lira also performed at  the Africa Cup of Nations, which commenced on Saturday

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