OBAMA in Africa

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama recently completed a visit to Africa, being his first African tour since leaving the White House. The trip started in Kenya, where Obama met the President Uhuru Kenyatta, and in his busy schedule he also made time to visit his father’s childhood village Nyang’oma Kogelo, located in Siaya County. A memorable and historical trip, not only did he assist the inauguration of the Sauti Kuu Foundation – run by half-sister Auma Obama –  but he also opened the Sauti Kuu sports Centre with the presence basketball influencer and current NBA Orlando Magic player Bismack Biyombo (from Congo) and Massai Ujiri (originally from Kenya and Nigeria), current President of the Toronto Raptors and Founder of Giants Of Africa.

 Obama continued his tour in South Africa, participating in the 16th annual Nelson Mandela lecture at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg with an attendance of more than 15,000 on July 17th alongside South African president Cyril Ramaphosa. The trip was full of inspiration for the youth in Africa, at the joint Obama Foundations event. Gathering 200 young African leaders from 44 countries spanning all areas of the continent at an organized Town Hall, they covered a variety of topics pertaining to what problems face their unique cultures and finding solutions to improve their communities. Obama marked Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday at the Far North Secondary School located in Johannesburg, with the involvement of the youth leaders enrolled in the Obama foundation program. In addition, Obama had the opportunity to interact with them and engage in mural painting and embellishing some facilities in the school for the future enjoyment of the students.

 

Yussuf Yanni

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