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Obama dances with his grandmother on Kenya trip

Obama dances with his grandmother on Kenya trip

It is his first visit to Kenya since leaving office.

He spent his first day in Nairobi where he was hosted by his sister Auma and the following day, they set on a journey to visit his grandmother in K'Ogelo.

President Kenyatta sought to assure the former President of the support of all African leaders in scaling up youth programmes under the Obama Foundation.

He was accompanied by Dr Auma, his grand mother, Mama Sarah Obama foreign dignitaries and government officials.

"So what we see here in Kenya is all part of an emergence of a more confident, more self-reliant Africa".

"It means no longer seeing different ethnicities as enemies or rivals but rather as allies; in seeing the diversity of tribes not as a weakness but as a strength", Obama said.

He called for economic growth that reaches everyone not only only a few at the top and that it should be broadly shared across regions.

After landing at the Kisumu International Airport the former U.S. head of State who traces his roots to Kogelo will be received by Governor Anyang' Nyong'o.

"A nation that gives the same opportunities to our daughters as our sons is more likely to succeed", Obama said.

"Sauti Kuu Foundation is a center of excellence for children".

Known as the Sauti Kuu Foundation, it will be a sports facility and vocational training centre.

"The centre enables youth to focus on leadership, team work and empathy", he noted. "I fell in love with her and even though I hadn't grown up with her I was determined to better understand the life of my father and that of his people", said Obama.

Obama's visiting Nairobi for the fifth time as a private citizen and he's expected to hold talks with opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Sarah has become a celebrity in the village ever since the election, a role that the third wife of Barack's grandfather Hussein Onyango Obama seems to enjoy.

He also recounted his first trip to the area while in his twenties, from the slow train out to the village in a vehicle filled with chicken and sweet potatoes, to having to killed those chickens just before dinner if he wanted to eat.

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