Former US president Barack Obama visited his ancestral home in Kenya. Furthermore, he was there to launch a state-of-the-art youth centre run by his half-sister.
Moreover, this is Obama’s first trip to Kenya since 2015. At the time he visited as a sitting president, he was unable to visit his ancestral home as his jet was too big to land in the western city of Kisumu.
However, during his recent visit, Obama recounted fond memories of his family home.
“It is a joy to be back with so many people who are family to me, and so many people who claim to be family. Everybody’s a cousin!”
Obama recalled his first trip to Kenya at the age of 27.
Obama shared these sentiments at the launch of the Sauti Kuu (Swahili for “Strong Voices”) centre set up by his half-sister Auma Obama. He said that looking back on those memories, he “couldn’t be prouder of what my sister has built”.
Auma said the state-of-the-art centre would give local youth access to books, internet and sporting activities.
Upon Obama’s arrival in Kenya on Sunday, he paid courtesy calls on Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta and main opposition leader Raila Odinga.