Barack Obama Visits Kenya For The First Time Post-Presidency

Our forever President is Obama is one smooth cat, and for the first time since he left the White House, he arrived in Kenya on Sunday to visit with family, meet with officials and to promote his sister's Auma Obama's sports and training center. "It means rooting out corruption that weakens civic life", he said.

On arrival on Sunday he held separate talks with both President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga on youth empowerment and the Building Bridges Initiative set up by the two leaders in March this year.

Other challenges facing Kenya are tribalism and the need for better education, Obama said.

Obama also urged Kenyans to move past the ethnic tensions that have fueled violence during past election cycles and root out corruption that limits Kenya's economic growth. The government spokesman responded calling him "an inexperienced young man who could not teach Kenya how to manage its affairs".

"Thank you Former President of USA Barack Obama for visiting and making a long stay of 8 days to our handsome country Tanzania", Mr Msigwa's caption of photos with Obama read.

America's first black president, whose eight years in office preceded Donald Trump's election in November 2016, was in Kenya to open the centre, which is run by his half-sister Auma through her charity, the Sauti Kuu Foundation.

Many Kenyans consider Obama native to this country - a local kid made good - and bask in the glory of his success, despite the fact that he never lived in Africa. He barely knew his father for whom he was named, Barack Obama, an economist. Rasanga said he will ask Obama to help develop a university to be called President Barack Obama University.

  • Tracy Klein