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Former USA President Barack Obama with his Grandmother Mama Sarah Obama in Kogelo village, Siaya County.

Former US President Barrack Obama will visit Kenya for two days July 15-16 in what is a very private visit.

Obama will meet President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Raila Odinga before proceeding to a private function at his ancestral home in Kogelo, Alego Usonga, Siaya County.

An official schedule released by his office indicated that the former US president will be on a restricted whirlwind visit before departing for South Africa.

What is clear however is that Obama shall not have any public forum with ordinary Kenyans and it is not clear if he will field any media interviews.

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Former USA President Obama greets Rt Hon Raila Odinga at State House, Nairobi as president Uhuru Kenyatta looks on.

Here is the full statement as released by his office:

Statement on President Obama’s International Travel in July

President Obama will travel to Spain and Portugal from July 5-7. On Friday, July 6, he will speak at the 2018 Circular Economy and Innovation Summit in Madrid, Spain. That afternoon, he will travel to Porto, Portugal for a moderated conversation at the Climate Change Leadership Porto 2018 Summit before returning to Madrid.

Later in the month, President Obama will travel to Kenya from July 15-16 and to South Africa from July 16-19.

In Nairobi, he will meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta. He will also meet with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

On July 16, President Obama will travel to Alego for the inauguration of the Sauti Kuu Foundation’s Sports, Resource and Vocational Training Centre, where he will deliver brief opening remarks. Sauti Kuu, which stands for “powerful voices,” provides educational, economic and cultural opportunities to help young people change their lives and communities. Due to space constraints, the public’s access to the event will be restricted, and the event will be open to a limited number of credentialed media. More information about press credentialing is attached.

President Obama will depart for South Africa later that day and will stay in Johannesburg until July 19. The morning of July 17, he will meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa, and that afternoon, he will deliver the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture. In honor of the centennial of Mandela’s birth, this year’s lecture theme is “Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World.” It is open to press and will be streamed live. More information can be found here.

On July 18, he will participate in a live-streamed Obama Foundation town hall with the 200 recently selected Obama Foundation Leaders in Africa. 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.


Katie Hill
Communications Director
Office of President Barack Obama
202-809-1601 – cell
khill@obamaoffice44.org