Obama visits Kenyan family, to launch youth centre

Ruben Ruiz
July 16, 2018

Excitement has gripped the small village of Kogelo in western Kenya as their famous son, former US President Barack Obama, visits after 12 years.

Obama arrived a few minutes after 1pm and headed to State House from the airport to meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta, before later meeting Opposition leader Raila Odinga at Kepimsky Hotel.

President Kenyatta, who was joined by Deputy President William Ruto and other senior government officials, assured Obama that he can count on the support of all African leaders to scale-up youth programs under his foundation. Odinga and Kenyatta on March 9 pledged to work together, ending months of turmoil following a disputed presidential election that was nullified by the Supreme Court and a rerun which the opposition boycotted.

According to Raila, Obama spoke very passionately about his foundation and particularly the empowerment of the youth in the country, an issue he had addressed during his last visit in 2015.

Many Kenyans consider Former President Obama native to this country- a local kid made good- and bask in the glory of his success, despite the fact that Former President Obama never lived in Africa. He was born in Hawaii and spent much of his childhood in Indonesia.

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Media houses pushed their staff to the extreme to get photos and footage of the dignitary as security detail ensured that media houses were kept at bay.

Later on Obama will be leaving for South Africa where he will deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg.

There was more drama at Sauti Kuu Foundation, which the former US President is set to launch, as Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga refused to undergo security checks.

Next week‚ former president Barack Obama will interact with the group in a town hall meeting.

"This week, I'm traveling to Africa for the first time since I left office - a continent of wonderful diversity, thriving culture, and remarkable stories", he wrote in a Facebook post.

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