Obama visits father's native Kenya to open youth center

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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 center.

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.

On Monday he flew to the west of the country, where under extremely tight security he paid a visit to the home of his step-grandmother Sarah Obama in the village of Kogelo, an AFP reporter said.

He was expected to meet a number of members of his extended family, before launching the Sauti Kuu (Swahili for “Strong Voices”) center set up by his half-sister Auma Obama.

Addressing the media last week, Auma said the state-of-the-art centre would give local youth access to books, internet and sporting activities.

They will also be able to benefit from classes on work ethics, civic education, environmental conservation and financial literacy.

The center includes an international 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 center is set to also offer adult education.

When Obama visited Kenya in 2015, he was unable to visit his father’s village due to security concerns, and vowed to return when he was no longer “wearing a suit” and contribute to the development of young people.

After his visit to Kenya, Obama will fly to South Africa where he will deliver the annual Nelson Mandela lecture.  (AFP)
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<p>Former US President, Barak Obama (C) with his step-grandmother Sarah (2R) and half-sister, Auma (L) arrive to unveil a plaque on July 16, 2018 during the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. – Obama is in the east african nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

Former US President, Barak Obama (C) with his step-grandmother Sarah (2R) and half-sister, Auma (L) arrive to unveil a plaque on July 16, 2018 during the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. – Obama is in the east african nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Nine-year-old Barack Obama Omondi, who was named after former US president Barack Obama when he was first elected as President in 2008, looks on as he waits for Obama’s arrival with his father Daniel Omondi prior to an opening ceremony of the Sauti Kuu Sports, Vocational and Training Centre in his ancestral home Kogelo, some 400km west of the capital Nairobi, Kenya on July 16, 2018. Barack Obama visited his ancestral home in western Kenya to attend the opening ceremony of the centrer founded by his half-sister Auma Obama, after having met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition politician Raila Odinga in Nairobi the previous day. After Kenya, Obama is scheduled to travel to South Africa where he will deliver the annual Nelson Mandela lecture in Johannesuburg. (Photo: Dai Kurokawa/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

Nine-year-old Barack Obama Omondi, who was named after former US president Barack Obama when he was first elected as President in 2008, looks on as he waits for Obama’s arrival with his father Daniel Omondi prior to an opening ceremony of the Sauti Kuu Sports, Vocational and Training Centre in his ancestral home Kogelo, some 400km west of the capital Nairobi, Kenya on July 16, 2018. Barack Obama visited his ancestral home in western Kenya to attend the opening ceremony of the centrer founded by his half-sister Auma Obama, after having met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition politician Raila Odinga in Nairobi the previous day. After Kenya, Obama is scheduled to travel to South Africa where he will deliver the annual Nelson Mandela lecture in Johannesuburg. (Photo: Dai Kurokawa/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Residents of Nyang’oma village in Kogelo wave US flags as they gather by the side of the road to wait for former US President, Barak Obama to arrive on July 16, 2018 for the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. – Obama is in the East African nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

Residents of Nyang’oma village in Kogelo wave US flags as they gather by the side of the road to wait for former US President, Barak Obama to arrive on July 16, 2018 for the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. – Obama is in the East African nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A resident seats on his motorbike ahead of the visit by the former U.S. President Barack Obama to his ancestral Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, western Kenya July 16, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

A resident seats on his motorbike ahead of the visit by the former U.S. President Barack Obama to his ancestral Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, western Kenya July 16, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>A village elder poses for a photographer in front of a paiting featuring former US president Barack Obama and Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga (R), prior to an opening ceremony of the Sauti Kuu Sports, Vocational and Training Centre in his ancestral home Kogelo, some 400km west of the capital Nairobi, Kenya on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Dai Kurokawa/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

A village elder poses for a photographer in front of a paiting featuring former US president Barack Obama and Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga (R), prior to an opening ceremony of the Sauti Kuu Sports, Vocational and Training Centre in his ancestral home Kogelo, some 400km west of the capital Nairobi, Kenya on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Dai Kurokawa/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Former US President, Barak Obama (3L) poses for a picrure with his step-grandmother Sarah (C) and half-sister, Auma (2R) and some of the local youth on July 16, 2018 during the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. – Obama is in the east african nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi.(Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

Former US President, Barak Obama (3L) poses for a picrure with his step-grandmother Sarah (C) and half-sister, Auma (2R) and some of the local youth on July 16, 2018 during the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. – Obama is in the east african nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi.(Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Former US President, Barak Obama (3rdL) with his step-grandmother Sarah (C) and half-sister, Auma (2ndR) and some of the local youth are pictured on July 16, 2018 following the unveiling of a plaque during the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. – Obama is in the East African nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

Former US President, Barak Obama (3rdL) with his step-grandmother Sarah (C) and half-sister, Auma (2ndR) and some of the local youth are pictured on July 16, 2018 following the unveiling of a plaque during the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. – Obama is in the East African nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Residents wave the U.S. national flag as they chant slogans on the road ahead of the visit by Former U.S. President Barack Obama to his ancestral Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, Kenya July 16, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

Residents wave the U.S. national flag as they chant slogans on the road ahead of the visit by Former U.S. President Barack Obama to his ancestral Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, Kenya July 16, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>Residents of Nyang’oma village in Kogelo wave US flags as they gather by the side of the road to wait for former US President, Barak Obama to arrive on July 16, 2018 for the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. – Obama is in the East African nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

Residents of Nyang’oma village in Kogelo wave US flags as they gather by the side of the road to wait for former US President, Barak Obama to arrive on July 16, 2018 for the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. – Obama is in the East African nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Former US President, Barak Obama (R) interacts with some of the local young beneficiaries July 16, 2018 during the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. – Obama is in the east African nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

Former US President, Barak Obama (R) interacts with some of the local young beneficiaries July 16, 2018 during the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. – Obama is in the east African nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Residents of Nyang’oma village in Kogelo wave US flags as they gather by the side of the road to wait for former US President, Barak Obama to arrive on July 16, 2018 for the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. – Obama is in the East African nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

Residents of Nyang’oma village in Kogelo wave US flags as they gather by the side of the road to wait for former US President, Barak Obama to arrive on July 16, 2018 for the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. – Obama is in the East African nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Residents of Nyang’oma village in Kogelo wave US flags as they gather by the side of the road to wait for former US President, Barak Obama to arrive on July 16, 2018 for the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. – Obama is in the East African nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

Residents of Nyang’oma village in Kogelo wave US flags as they gather by the side of the road to wait for former US President, Barak Obama to arrive on July 16, 2018 for the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. – Obama is in the East African nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Former U.S. President Barack Obama waves to photographers as he tours the Sauti Kuu resource centre near his ancestral home in Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, western Kenya July 16, 2018. With him is Auma Obama. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

Former U.S. President Barack Obama waves to photographers as he tours the Sauti Kuu resource centre near his ancestral home in Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, western Kenya July 16, 2018. With him is Auma Obama. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>Supporters of former US president Barack Obama wave US flags as they cheer to welcome Obama during an opening ceremony of the Sauti Kuu Sports, Vocational and Training Centre in his ancestral home Kogelo, some 400km west of the capital Nairobi, Kenya on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Dai Kurokawa/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

Supporters of former US president Barack Obama wave US flags as they cheer to welcome Obama during an opening ceremony of the Sauti Kuu Sports, Vocational and Training Centre in his ancestral home Kogelo, some 400km west of the capital Nairobi, Kenya on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Dai Kurokawa/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Former U.S. President Barack Obama greets delegate at the launch of Sauti Kuu resource centre near his ancestral home in Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, Kenya July 16, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

Former U.S. President Barack Obama greets delegate at the launch of Sauti Kuu resource centre near his ancestral home in Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, Kenya July 16, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>Residents wave the U.S. national flag as they chant slogans on the road ahead of the visit by the former U.S. President Barack Obama to his ancestral Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, western Kenya July 16, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

Residents wave the U.S. national flag as they chant slogans on the road ahead of the visit by the former U.S. President Barack Obama to his ancestral Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, western Kenya July 16, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>Former U.S. President Barack Obama meets children as he tours the Sauti Kuu resource centre near his ancestral home in Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, western Kenya July 16, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

Former U.S. President Barack Obama meets children as he tours the Sauti Kuu resource centre near his ancestral home in Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, western Kenya July 16, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>Residents wave the U.S. national flag as they chant slogans on the road ahead of the visit by the former U.S. President Barack Obama to his ancestral Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, western Kenya July 16, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

Residents wave the U.S. national flag as they chant slogans on the road ahead of the visit by the former U.S. President Barack Obama to his ancestral Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, western Kenya July 16, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>Former U.S. President Barack Obama listens to Auma Obama as he tours the Sauti Kuu resource centre near his ancestral home in Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, western Kenya July 16, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

Former U.S. President Barack Obama listens to Auma Obama as he tours the Sauti Kuu resource centre near his ancestral home in Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, western Kenya July 16, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>A supporter of former US president Barack Obama wears a laminated badge featuring Obama, as he stands with others on the street and waits for Obama’s arrival prior to an opening ceremony of the Sauti Kuu Sports, Vocational and Training Centre in his ancestral home Kogelo, some 400km west of the capital Nairobi, Kenya on 16, July 2018. (Photo: Dai Kurokawa/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

A supporter of former US president Barack Obama wears a laminated badge featuring Obama, as he stands with others on the street and waits for Obama’s arrival prior to an opening ceremony of the Sauti Kuu Sports, Vocational and Training Centre in his ancestral home Kogelo, some 400km west of the capital Nairobi, Kenya on 16, July 2018. (Photo: Dai Kurokawa/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Former U.S. President Barack Obama listens to Auma Obama as he tours the Sauti Kuu resource centre near his ancestral home in Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, western Kenya July 16, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

Former U.S. President Barack Obama listens to Auma Obama as he tours the Sauti Kuu resource centre near his ancestral home in Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, western Kenya July 16, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>South African singer Yvonne Chakachaka performs at the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre by former US President, Barak Obama, that is an initiative of his half-sister, Auma Obama’s Foundation on July 16, 2018 at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. – Obama is in the east african nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

South African singer Yvonne Chakachaka performs at the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre by former US President, Barak Obama, that is an initiative of his half-sister, Auma Obama’s Foundation on July 16, 2018 at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. – Obama is in the east african nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Former US President, Barack Obama gestures as he makes an address on July 16, 2018 in front of a projected backdrop showing a view of his father’s home village, the hamlet of Nyang’oma in Kogelo, during the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre founded by his half-sister, at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. – Obama is in the east african nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

Former US President, Barack Obama gestures as he makes an address on July 16, 2018 in front of a projected backdrop showing a view of his father’s home village, the hamlet of Nyang’oma in Kogelo, during the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre founded by his half-sister, at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. – Obama is in the east african nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>The audience cheer as former US president Barack Obama (not pictured) appears on the stage to deliver a speech during an opening ceremony of the Sauti Kuu Sports, Vocational and Training Centre in his ancestral home Kogelo, some 400km west of the capital Nairobi, Kenya on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Dai Kurokawa/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

The audience cheer as former US president Barack Obama (not pictured) appears on the stage to deliver a speech during an opening ceremony of the Sauti Kuu Sports, Vocational and Training Centre in his ancestral home Kogelo, some 400km west of the capital Nairobi, Kenya on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Dai Kurokawa/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Former U.S. President Barack Obama addresses delegates during the launch of Sauti Kuu resource centre near his ancestral home in Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, Kenya July 16, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

Former U.S. President Barack Obama addresses delegates during the launch of Sauti Kuu resource centre near his ancestral home in Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, Kenya July 16, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>Former US president Barack Obama (R) holds his half-sister Auma Obama (L), during an opening ceremony of the Sauti Kuu Sports, Vocational and Training Centre in his ancestral home Kogelo, some 400km west of the capital Nairobi, Kenya on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Dai Kurokawa/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Obama visits father’s native Kenya to open youth center

Former US president Barack Obama (R) holds his half-sister Auma Obama (L), during an opening ceremony of the Sauti Kuu Sports, Vocational and Training Centre in his ancestral home Kogelo, some 400km west of the capital Nairobi, Kenya on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Dai Kurokawa/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

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