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Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Kenya: Barack Obama Is Finally Home

Kenya: Barack Obama Is Finally Home

The visit to Kenya is Mr Obama's first tour of Africa since he stepped down as the 44th President of the U.S. in January past year. "In the bus, there were some chickens on my lap and some sweet potatoes digging into my side", said Obama to the amusement of his audience. Auma Obama attended his 2009 inauguration and was a big part of her brother's 2015 visit to Kenya.

He said when they reached Siaya, they took a matatu that was more crowded than the bus to Sarah's home.

The talks centred on youth empowerment and the Building of Bridges initiative set up by the two leaders on March 9.

He said he visited his father's grave which gave him more satisfaction that no five star hotel could have given him.

Obama arrived in his father's native Kenya on Sunday, where he paid courtesy calls on President Uhuru Kenyatta and main opposition leader Raila Odinga.

They will also be able to benefit from classes on work ethics, civic education, environmental conservation and financial literacy. "I don't want my community to be beggars... let us start depending on ourselves", said Auma.

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During his visit, Obama avoided any public mention of his successor and the divisive politics that have taken root in the United States since Trump's victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

He passed away at the age of 46 soon after following a auto crash in Nairobi back in 1982.

Obama senior had worked in the government of Jomo Kenyatta, who led Kenya at independence from Britain until his death 14 years later in 1978.

President Kenyatta gifted the former US President with two books: Aspirations of a generation: Youth of Kenya and Kenya at 50, which detail success stories of the Kenyan youth for the last 50 years.

Obama is now headed to South Africa where he will give a speech marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela and meet with 200 young Africans in the Obama Foundation's leadership program.

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