The euphoria that greeted Obama's rise to power seems to be ebbing with some opposing his visit to Africa.
Camping outside Mandela's hospital with the media circus has the makings of a reality TV show.
Questions remain on whether a two-week extension will enable Zimbabwean leader's opponents prepare for the vote.
Reporters from around the world are packing their bags to go home with no story as Mandela's health appears to recover.
Can South Africans move beyond promises and expectations?
Thousands from Boko Haram's home state now live in wretched conditions in neighbouring Niger.
Some South Africans use Mandela's hospital stay as an opportunity to make a quick buck from journalists.
People in Soweto accept and prepare for the day when former president is no longer with them.
The street outside the clinic where Mandela is treated is lined with reporters, with little to report.
Humanitarian organisations and media remain restricted in areas where fighting takes place against Boko Haram.
Violence against Somalis in Port Elizabeth has prompted claims of a 'silent genocide' against immigrants