19 July, 2018
The 44th US president gave props to President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga for resolving their differences without resorting to war.
Other challenges facing Kenya are tribalism and the need for better education, Obama said.
Former US President Barack Obama urged Kenya's leaders on Monday to turn their backs on the divisive ethnic politics that have frequently spilled over into violence and to stamp down on corruption. In 2006, he angered the government of President Mwai Kibaki when he gave a talk about corruption at the University of Nairobi.
On Monday, Obama inaugurated the Sauti Kuu Foundation, a sports and vocational training centre set up by his half-sister in the small western Kenyan town of Kogelo, his father's birthplace.
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Tight security has been beefed up at Obama's ancestral home ahead of him arrival and journalists having limited access to the area. There's a reason why my name's Barack Hussein Obama. "In fact he has developed the community through giving iron sheets for people to build their houses", he said.
Even though he never lived in Africa, many Kenyans consider Obama a native to the country.
He was born in Hawaii, where he spent most of his childhood. He barely knew his late father for whom he was named, Barack Obama, an economist. "President Obama looks forward to meeting these emerging leaders for the first time, hearing about the extraordinary work they are doing across Africa, and discussing how the Obama Foundation can support their civic leadership development", said Katie Hill, the spokeswoman for the former President.
Obama will be the second former USA president to deliver the Nelson Mandela annual lecture.