Excitement grips western Kenya as former US President Barack Obama visits after 12 years

Excitement has gripped the small village of Kogelo in western Kenya as their famous son, former US President Barack Obama, visits after 12 years.

He last visited his ancestral village in 2006 when he was a US senator. Mr Obama arrived in the country on Sunday and is set to inaugurate a youth project run by his sister.

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

The former US president made a low key arrival to the East African nation compared to his visit in 2015 when he was still in office. He met Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House in the capital, Nairobi:

According to local media, a security cordon has been put in place but it has not deterred local traders from selling commemorative merchandise, which include US flags.

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