Obama visits Kenyan family, to launch youth centre

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President Kenyatta gifted the former US President, who is himself a noted author, with two books on Kenya's youth and success stories in the last 50 years, namely Aspirations of a Generation - Youth of Kenya and Kenya at 50.

They held a brief family meeting before the former USA leader headed to open Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, the multi-million-shilling youth centre built by his half-sister Auma Obama.

Obama who is in Nairobi for a two-day visit discussed several issues with Raila including the spirited fight against corruption and the "Building Bridges to a New Kenyan Nation" initiative.

Former US president Barack Obama arrived in Kenya on Sunday, the country of his father's birth, his first visit to this East African country since leaving office.

He was expected to meet a number of members of his extended family, before launching the Sauti Kuu (Swahili for "Strong Voices") centre set up by his half-sister Auma Obama. A man, who identified himself as Norman Odongo from Awasi, Kisumu County, was denied entry after he was found with a gun-like toy.

Former US President Barack Obama on Sunday evening met NASA leader Raila Odinga at Hotel Villa Rosa Kempinski, Westlands.

The former USA president also met with Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga at Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel.

On Monday, he is expected to inaugurate the Sauti Kuu Foundation's Sports, Resource and Vocational Training Centre, and thereafter give a brief remark, before jetting out to South Africa.

Unlike the 2015 visit when Obama became first sitting US President to visit Kenya, on this trip he is travelling as a private citizen, albeit a celebrity.

This tour pales in comparison to his last visit in 2015.

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