Obama dances to traditional music in his home village in Kenya

Frederick Owens
July 16, 2018

The residents said they had several issues they wanted to talk to the former United States president about but they were blocked from accessing their son. "What they have shown us is that we came here as enemies", said Kobiro.

Mr Obama last visited the village in 2006 when he was the senator for Illinois State in the US. At JKIA, media crew who arrived before the former president touched down, were blocked at the entrance and only spotted his convoy snaking out of the airport off to State House.

Ms Ida Odinga, wife of Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila, arrives at Kogelo, Siaya County where Kenya's famous "son" Barack Obama is set to open a sports and vocational training centre on July 16, 2018. Ahead of his trip to Siaya County today, Nyanza regional police boss Leonard Katana stated that the road leading to the home of Obama's grandmother will be off-limits to the public, with only a few able to join the family for the reunion.

It was a beehive of activities in the sleepy village of Kogelo, Siaya County, as they hosted former US President Barack Obama, during the launch of the Sauti Kuu Foundation.

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.

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Anxious villagers were waiting with bated breath for his arrival this morning and hope that Mr Obama will address them.

Former US President Barack Obama on Sunday evening met NASA leader Raila Odinga at Hotel Villa Rosa Kempinski, Westlands.

Obama is in Kenya to help launch the sports and training centre founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama, through her foundation Sauti Kuu.

Mr Obama will be heading to South Africa after his Kenya visit to give the annual Mandela Day lecture on Wednesday.

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