Obama in Kenya; Visits father’s ancestral village and launch Youth Centre


Former US President Barack Obama is in Kenya to launch a youth centre set up by his half-sister, Auma Obama.

On his visit, he visited his father’s ancestral village in Kenya’s South-western Siaya County on Monday and danced to some traditional music with his grandmother.

Kenyan television showed Obama pulling his grandmother Sarah Obama, clad in traditional garb, onto the dance floor and getting down to some music.

Obama, America’s first black president was also shown touring the Sauti Kuu Centre, sporting a casual white shirt and a pair of shades, in his first visit to the country since leaving office.

Locals hoping to get a glimpse of Obama lined the street near the centre, with one school girl telling Kenya’s NTV “I’m happy to see our elder brother come today.”

Obama will head to South Africa on Tuesday to give a key speech for Nelson Mandela’s centenary.

Obama arrived in Kenya on Sunday, he met with President Uhuru Kenyatta, who tweeted “It was great to welcome you back @BarackObama.”

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