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

Former President Barack Obama

Mr Obama is in Kenya to inaugurate the Sauti Kuu Foundation's project which comprises of a sports centre and, resource and vocational training centre run by his sister, Dr Auma Obama, who accompanied him to State House.

Mr Obama will be heading to South Africa after his Kenya visit to give the annual Mandela Day lecture on Wednesday.

President Kenyatta congratulated Obama for establishing the Obama Foundation, which seeks to empower youth to become the agents of change that the African continent needs. Obama's meeting with Raila focused on the Building Bridges Initiative of President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga, youth empowerment and education, and Kenya's efforts to bring peace to South Sudan. Induct the youth "The former US President called for greater induction of the youth into the initiative to ensure its deepening into the future", read the statement.

In Nairobi, Barack met President Uhuru Kenyatta at the official residence, according to Kenyatta's twitter account.

Media houses pushed their staff to the extreme to get photos and footage of the dignitary as security detail ensured that media houses were kept at bay.

"The reason we did this is because we believe that in order to create change‚ we have to touch people in every sector and to say the private sector has a responsibility to work with these different sectors as well‚ so everybody has different roles to play‚" she explained.

Barack is also expected to meet Raila Odinga, the opposition leader now working with Kenyatta's government.

The centre includes an worldwide standard size football pitch sponsored by the German ministry of development cooperation, a basketball court funded by the Giants of Africa Foundation, and a volleyball/netball court and other facilities, including a library and IT lab.

The strict programme notwithstanding, local politicians, church leaders, elders and the youth were last evening polishing their memoranda, which they plan to hand over to the former US President whose father hailed from the village.

His Kisumu counterpart Anyang Nyong'o, however, went through the routine check without a fuss.



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