Barack Obama heads to Kogelo in eagerly awaited visit

Barack Obama heads to Kogelo in eagerly awaited visit

Barack Obama heads to Kogelo in eagerly awaited visit

Former US President Barack Obama takes a group photo with rangers at Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka arrives at Sauti Kuu center in K'Ogelo, Siaya county, for a performance during a visit by former US President Barack Obama, July 16, 2018. He has visited Kenya three other times, in 1987, 1992 and in 2015 when serving his second term in the White House. Obama's meeting with Raila focused on the Building Bridges Initiative of President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga, youth empowerment and education, and Kenya's efforts to bring peace to South Sudan.

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In Nairobi, Barack met President Uhuru Kenyatta at the official residence, according to Kenyatta's twitter account.

President Kenyatta congratulated the former USA president for establishing the Obama Foundation which seeks to empower the youth to become agents of change in Africa. Rasanga said he will ask Obama to help develop a university to be called President Barack Obama University. The visit marks Obama's first time visiting the country since leaving office a year ago. "Kenya, of course, is the Obama ancestral home", he said.

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At his ancestral home, Mr Obama is first expected to have a breakfast meeting with his family.

Although chances of accessing the Sauti Kuu Vocational Centre compound where Obama will be inaugurating the institution appeared remote due to tough security, the groups said they are determined to hand over their wish lists to Obama.

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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. During that visit, his sister rode in the presidential limousine after he landed at the airport and later introduced him to a crowd of almost 5,000 Kenyans.

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