Obama dances to traditional music in his home village in Kenya

Former President Barack Obama

Former US President Barack Obama this morning headed back to his ancestral home in Alego, Nyang'oma of Siaya County, Kenya, the birth place of his late father.

Obama arrived in his hometown K'ogelo amid heavy security, with Kenya's General Service Unit officers working alongside American Secret Service agents to ensure the smooth flow of events.

President Kenyatta, who was joined by Deputy President William Ruto and other senior government officials, assured Obama that he can count on the support of all African leaders to scale-up youth programs under his foundation.

In her opening statement during the launch of Sauti Kuu Foundation, Auma took a jibe at those condemning her noting that she will not retract her sentiments. Odinga and Kenyatta on March 9 pledged to work together, ending months of turmoil following a disputed presidential election that was nullified by the Supreme Court and a rerun which the opposition boycotted.

Not restricted by protocol this time, Mr Obama repeated remarks he made in 2015 at Kasarani, where he said the progress in Kenya now means fewer Kenyans need to travel overseas or even emigrate to get a good education, which means more youth can have opportunities in the country, if policies are put in place.

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Mr Obama last visited the village in 2006 when he was the senator for Illinois State in the US.

Mr Obama (centre) and his half sister, Dr Auma, at Kogelo, Siaya County on July 16, 2018. Big screens will be set up in towns in Siaya County to show the launch of the vocational centre and prevent overcrowding at the venue, said Siaya County Governor Cornell Rasanga on Nation Television.

'We are upbeat about the coming of the President Barak Obama, ' said Rasango, who added he is not expecting much in terms of any announcements of aid.

"Thank you Former President of USA Barack Obama for visiting and making a long stay of 8 days to our attractive country Tanzania", said Mr Msigwa in his twitter post.

"This week, I'm traveling to Africa for the first time since I left office - a continent of wonderful diversity, thriving culture, and remarkable stories", he wrote in a Facebook post.

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