Barack Obama seeks new legacy as champion of Africa's future leaders


Former US president Barack Obama paid a visit to his extended family in Kenya Monday, on his first trip to the country since 2015 during which he will open a youth centre.

This is his first trip to the country of his father's birth since leaving office.

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.

Obama is in Kenya to help launch his half-sister's, Auma Obama, sports, vocational training and resource centre through her foundation Sauti Kuu, the report said.

Artists have painted murals on the streets of Kogelo and bars are advertising a drink dubbed "Obama Brew", CNN reported. On Twitter, Kenyans are using hashtags like #Obamareturns and #Obamakaributena, which means " Obama welcome again" in Swahili.

Obama arrived in his hometown K'ogelo amid heavy security, with Kenya's General Service Unit officers working alongside American Secret Service agents to ensure the smooth flow of events. 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.

In a statement sent shortly after the meeting, the NASA leader stated: "It's always a great pleasure meeting with one of Kenya's most famous sons, President Barack Obama". Mandela's face already graces all South Africa's banknotes.

President Kenyatta, who was joined by Deputy President William Ruto and other senior government officials, assured Obama that he can count on the support of all African leaders to scale-up youth programs under his foundation.