Former US President Barack Obama is set to arrive in Kenya today,Sunday July 15.
The US president is expected to launch a project in his father’s ancestral home in Siaya County on Monday,July 16.
Reports say that Citizen TV will cover the event live from Nyangoma, Kogelo.
The Gina Din Group that is handling the Siaya event said Obama will be the guest of honour at the launch of his sister Dr. Auma Obama’s Sports facility in Nyangoma, Siaya.
The Dr. Auma Obama’s Sports facility in Nyangoma, Siaya will have an international standard size football pitch among other ball game courts as well as a vocational centre for the youth.
This is the 3rd time Obama is visiting his father’s ancestral home and the first time since 2006. Obama was last in Kenya in July 2015, the only time he visited the country as president, to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, an initiative of the American Presidency.
In his latest visit, He will meet President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi before flying to Alego in Siaya County to inaugurate the Sauti Kuu (Powerful Voices) Foundation Sports, Resource and Vocational Training Centre on Monday,July 16.
From Kisumu, Obama will leave for South Africa where he is scheduled to stay until July 19.
During his period in South Africa, he will meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa and also deliver the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture whose will be ” Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World.”
He will give a keynote speech in honour of the late anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela at the Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg.
Obama was last in Kenya in July 2015, the only time he visited the country as president, to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, an initiative of the American Presidency.
He had given his statement about his visit saying as follow:
“This week, I’m traveling to Africa for the first time since I left office – a continent of wonderful diversity, thriving culture, and remarkable stories.
I was proud to visit sub-Saharan Africa more times than any other sitting President, and I’ll return this week to visit Kenya and South Africa. In South Africa, the Obama Foundation will convene 200 extraordinary young leaders from across the continent and I’ll deliver a speech to mark the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. Kenya, of course, is the Obama ancestral home. I visited for the first time when I was in my twenties and I was profoundly influenced by my experiences – a journey I wrote about in my first book, Dreams from My Father.
Over the years since, I’ve often drawn inspiration from Africa’s extraordinary literary tradition. As I prepare for this trip, I wanted to share a list of books that I’d recommend for summer reading, including some from a number of Africa’s best writers and thinkers – each of whom illuminate our world in powerful and unique ways.
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
A true classic of world literature, this novel paints a picture of traditional society wrestling with the arrival of foreign influence, from Christian missionaries to British colonialism. A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world.
A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
A chronicle of the events leading up to Kenya’s independence, and a compelling story of how the transformative events of history weigh on individual lives and relationships.
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Mandela’s life was one of the epic stories of the 20th century. This definitive memoir traces the arc of his life from a small village, to his years as a revolutionary, to his long imprisonment, and ultimately his ascension to unifying President, leader, and global icon. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand history – and then go out and change it.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
From one of the world’s great contemporary writers comes the story of two Nigerians making their way in the U.S. and the UK, raising universal questions of race and belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for identity and a home.
The Return by Hisham Matar
A beautifully-written memoir that skillfully balances a graceful guide through Libya’s recent history with the author’s dogged quest to find his father who disappeared in Gaddafi’s prisons.
The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes
It’s true, Ben does not have African blood running through his veins. But few others so closely see the world through my eyes like he can. Ben’s one of the few who’ve been with me since that first presidential campaign. His memoir is one of the smartest reflections I’ve seen as to how we approached foreign policy, and one of the most compelling stories I’ve seen about what it’s actually like to serve the American people for eight years in the White House.