Former US President Barack Obama has arrived in Kenya and started his two-day visit in Kenya by paying a courtesy call on President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.
While welcoming the 44th US president in Kenya Sunday afternoon, president Kenyatta thank mr. Obama for keeping his promise to visit the country after his visit in 2015 as US president .
Mr Obama made the promise when he last visited Kenya in 2015.
President Kenyatta congratulated the former US president for establishing the Obama Foundation which seeks to empower the youth to become the agents of change in Africa.
The two leaders agreed that the youth in Africa could become the continent’
most valuable asset if their energy and creativity are effectively harnessed.
Obama is in Kenya to inaugurate the Sauti Kuu Foundation’s project which comprises of a sports center, resource and vocational training center run by his sister Dr. Auma Obama, who accompanied him to State House for a private meeting with Kenya’s President Kenyatta, deputy president William Ruto and other senior government officials.
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.
Obama’s half sister Dr. Auma Obama grew up in Kenya and returned back to Kenya after living in Germany and the United Kingdom, to work for the charity Care International, according to a brief biography posted on the website of her foundation Sauti Kuu.
Her work at CARE focused partly on familiarizing girls with sports as a vehicle for social empowerment.
The new sports and training center “Sauti Kuu,” based in Nairobi, will serve children and young people, particularly from Urban slums and rural communities according to the foundation’s website.
It’s new sports and training center is in a Alego, apparently the same Village where Barack Obama has said that his Kenyan family is from. Obama is also expected to visit Kagelo, he’s father’s home village.
In a Twitter post last week, Obama described Africa as a ‘continent of wonderful diversity, thriving culture, and remarkable stories.’
Mr. Obama returned to Kenya as a senator in 2006 and again as president in 2015 to rapturous receptions. Many in the country celebrated him as a son of Africa who reached the pinnacle of power.
Mr Obama will later go to South Africa where he will deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg.