The vocational center in Siaya County aims to provide educational and economic opportunities to help young people serve their communities, and shares a similar mission as the former President’s Obama Foundation.
This is his first trip to the country of his father’s birth since leaving office.
Obama met Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, opposition leader Raila Odinga and other top officials after his arrival. On Monday, he’ll attend the inauguration of a sports and vocational center founded by his sister, Auma Obama.
“Given that his own mission under the Obama Foundation is to inspire and empower people to change the world, his attendance at this event at our ancestral home, where our father was laid to rest, is of great significance to me,” Auma Obama said last month.
Artists painted murals of Obama on the streets of his father’s hometown of Kogelo, while some bars advertised a drink called the “Obama brew.” On Twitter, Kenyans are using hashtags like #Obamareturns and #Obamakaributena, which means ” Obama welcome again” in Swahili.
The center in Siaya County will provide educational and economic opportunities to help young people serve their communities – and shares a similar mission to his Obama Foundation.
The former president and his sister share a father but have different mothers. Auma Obama attended his 2009 inauguration and was a big part of her brother’s 2015 visit to Kenya. During that visit, his sister rode in the presidential limousine after he landed at the airport and later introduced him to a crowd of nearly 5,000 Kenyans.
From Kenya, Obama will head to South Africa between July 16-19, where he’ll meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa and also speak at an event in honor of Nelson Mandela’s birthday in Johannesburg.
He’ll also take part in a town hall with the 200 newly selected Obama Foundation leaders in Africa.
“President Obama looks forward to meeting these emerging leaders for the first time, hearing about the extraordinary work they are doing across Africa, and discussing how the Obama Foundation can support their civic leadership development,” his office said.
Obama will leave South Africa on Thursday.
Before jetting to Africa, Obama will visit Spain and Portugal from July 5-7. During that trip, he’ll speak at an economy and innovation conference in Madrid, Spain, and also visit Porto, Portugal, where he’ll attend a climate change leadership summit.