Barack Obama returns to Kenya to help launch his sister’s project

Obama dances with his grandmother on Kenya trip

Another group of reporters who arrived after Obama had left were however allowed in, only to be informed that the United States president was already on his way to meet President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Former US President Barrack Obama has arrived in Kenya and started his two day visit in the east African country by paying a courtesy call on President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.

Obama landed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Sunday afternoon and immediately proceeded to State House where he was welcomed by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta.

As was the case when he first visited Kenya as a sitting president in July 2015, vehicles entering the Kisumu airport underwent thorough security checks.

Kenyatta and Odinga surprised Kenyans when in early March, set aside their political differences and met at Harambee House which heralded the building bridges initiative aimed at uniting Kenyans and averting further divisions in the country.

President Kenyatta congratulated the former U.S. president for establishing the Obama Foundation which seeks to empower the youth to become agents of change in Africa. "Kenya, of course, is the Obama ancestral home", he said.

Police officers stand guard ahead of former US President Barack Obama's arrival in K'Ogelo, Siaya county, July 16, 2018. Obama's strict programme did not go down well with residents of Kogelo. The visit marks Obama's first time visiting the country since leaving office previous year.

From Kenya, Obama will head to South Africa later Monday, where he'll meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa and speak at an event in honor of the late Nelson Mandela's birthday in Johannesburg.

Obama is in Kenya to help launch the sports and training centre founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama, through her foundation Sauti Kuu.

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