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Obama to visit Kenya for the first time since leaving office

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Former President Barack Obama is set to visit his father’s homeland of Kenya for the first time since he left office.

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The trip will include stops in South Africa, Spain and Portugal.

Obama will visit Kenya from July 15-16, where he’ll attend the inauguration of a youth sports center founded by his sister, Auma Obama.  Auma and Obama share the same father but different mothers.

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 Obama Foundation.

“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.

Auma attended his 2009 inauguration and was a big part of the President’s 2015 visit to Kenya. During that visit, his sister rode in the President’s car nicknamed the beast after he landed at the airport.

While in Kenya next month, Obama will also meet with the nation’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

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.

 

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