Obama visits Kenya en route to SA

16 July, 2018, 12:13 | Author: Cecil Buchanan

Former US Barack Obama arrives on Sunday for a much-anticipated visit as a private person, Citizen Obama considered a son of the soil and a beloved celebrity.

Mr Obama was last in Kenya, which is also home of his late father, back in 2015 when he was still a serving U.S. president, and he pledged to return for another visit when he left office.

After landing in the capital, Obama met President Uhuru Kenyatta at the official residence, according to Kenyatta's twitter account.

Obama is in Kenya to help launch the sports and training center founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama, through her foundation Sauti Kuu.

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President Kenyatta sought to assure the former President of the support of all African leaders in scaling up youth programmes under the Obama Foundation. Obama is also expected to meet Raila Odinga, the opposition leader now working with Kenyatta's government.

Another superstar, Oprah Winfrey, will not travel to Kenya with Obama this weekend but will join him in South Africa.Winfrey is among 350 celebrities and notables travelling to Africa together with Obama. He was born in Hawaii, where he spent most of his childhood raised by his mother, a white American from Kansas.

After inaugurating the Sauti Kuu Foundation and visiting his Ancestral home in Alego Nyang'oma in Siaya County, Mr Obama will then head to South Africa where he will deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg.

It is his first visit to Kenya since leaving office.

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