Barack Obama seeks new legacy as champion of Africa's future leaders

by Abel Hampton July 16, 2018, 10:23
Barack Obama seeks new legacy as champion of Africa's future leaders

In a Facebook post seen by TUKO.co.ke on Sunday morning, Obama confirmed his scheduled tour to Africa, noting he was very proud to visit the sub-Saharan Africa more times than any other USA president.

While welcoming the 44th US President in Kenya Sunday afternoon, President Kenyatta thanked Mr Obama for keeping his promise to visit the country after his service as US president. Auma Obama attended his 2009 inauguration and was a big part of her brother's 2015 visit to Kenya.

In Nairobi, Barack met President Uhuru Kenyatta at the official residence, according to Kenyatta's twitter account.

At the top in his agenda will be the grand opening of a sports resource centre dubbed Sauti Kuu Sports in his father's K'Ogelo village.

He has also held talks with opposition leader Raila Odinga who recently agreed to work with Kenyatta after a prolonged and highly contested election period in 2017.

Many Kenyans consider Barack native to this country- a local kid made good- and bask in the glory of his success, despite the fact that Barack never lived in Africa. He was born in Hawaii, where he spent most of his childhood.

Barack barely knew his late father for whom he was named, Barack Obama, an economist.

After his two-day stay in Kenya Obama will go to South Africa where he will give a speech marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.

"Thank you Former President of USA Barack Obama for visiting and making a long stay of 8 days to our attractive country Tanzania", said Mr Msigwa in his twitter post.

From Kenya, he will head to South Africa to deliver the keynote address at the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg.

While withholding details of Obama's itinerary, immediate former State House spokesman Manoa Esipisu confirmed that Obama will meet Uhuru on Sunday before leaving for Siaya.


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