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Obama Goes To Africa

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 CGK    2,639

Obama will be landing in Africa today to begin his homeland visit.


Security beefed up ahead of Obama’s visit

Elaborate security measures have been put in place ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit, the first ever for a sitting US President in the country.

About 10, 000 security personnel have been deployed on all major roads within the city that is currently under strict surveillance, as delegates continue to jet-in for the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit that kicks of on Friday.

Coupled with heightened surveillance, it may pass for an ordinary citizen, but the number of plain cloth security officers within the streets of Nairobi, is equally high.

The officers being Nairobi Police Boss Benson Kibue says, part of the 10, 000 security officers have been deployed to keep vigil in the capital during President Obama’s visit.

And motorists say save for the benefits that the visit may bring along, they expect tough times ahead.

Their concerns stem from the announcement that several roads will be closed during the visit. They include Mombasa Road from Jomo Kenyatta international airport, Uhuru Highway and Waiyaki Way to be closed from 2PM this Friday.

And on Saturday, Thika Superhighway, Limuru Road and other feeder roads will also be closed to pave way for President Obama’s public address, to be delivered at Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.

A visit by Channel One’s team on the streets of Nairobi revealed intensive patrols within the city and its environs, with several international journalists already in the country ahead of President Obama’s grand arrival.

The US president will arrive in the country for the global entrepreneurship summit and he is expected to leave on Sunday after addressing Kenyans from the Moi International Sports centre Kasarani.

US choppers

Earlier, the might US air beasts took to Nairobi skies an indication that the big brother was almost in town.

The Bell Boeing V-22 Ospreys left a cloud of dust upon take-off. The chopper  was designed in 1980 after the US military failed in a mission meant to rescue hostages In Iran.

Bell Boeing V-22 Ospreys is a joint service multirole combat aircraft with vantage vertical performance of a helicopter that can take off, land and hover  in high speed like a helicopter.

The Bell Boeing V-22 Ospreys can convert to a turbo prop airplane is 78 times faster than an ordinary chopper and is designed to evacuate the US presidency in case of security emergence.

The air craft can carry 24 passengers unlike a similar ordinary size chopper that has capacity of no more than ten people.

Bell Boeing V-22 Ospreys can fly as far as 879 nautical miles on a tank of fuel, a range that’s 452 miles farther than other similarly sized rotorcraft.

The five ‘air beasts” Bell Boeing V-22 Ospreys hovered around town before landing at the University of Nairobi Graduation square’s on a brief surveillance mission before taking off.

The free brief show that lasted for less than 10 minutes caused frenzy and excitement as Kenyans got a rare glimpse of the US war chest machinery.


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 CGK    2,639

Mama Sarah arrives in Nairobi to meet grandson Obama

Mama Sarah Obama has arrived in Nairobi to meet her grandson US President Barack Obama who is expected in the country later in the day.

Mama Sarah  left Kisumu International Airport shortly after 11am accompanied by a few family members.

US Ambassador Robert Godec’s yesterday clarified that Obama will not visit K’ogello because of logistical challenges but said his family members will be in Nairobi to meet him.

Speaking to the members of the press at Kisumu airport, Lilian Suba, a close friend to Mama Sarah said that the local residents are anxious to meet the US President and hope he will visit the region.

K’ogello is Obama’s ancestral home where his father was born. He is the first sitting US president to visit Kenya.

Meanwhile, following the highly anticipated arrival of US president Barack Obama Friday evening, Nairobi city remained largely deserted as many people stayed away following the announcement of some roads closure from this afternoon. T

There no activities at the courts as the Judiciary cancelled today’s court proceedings at the Milimani Law Courts pushing them to Monday. Trading at the Nairobi Securities Exchange is also interrupted as the bourse closed at noon.

The Exchange noted interruptions and the early closing of trading is occasioned by the limited movements of people around the city with some key roads remaining closed to motorists.

Trading usually opens at 9:00am and close at 3:00pm in any given trading week. No trades take place during weekends and public holidays.



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 CGK    2,639

The news papers in Africa are covering every angle they can regarding Barry's visit..lol


Tracing the roots of US President Barack Obama’s family

Barack Obama, whose father was Kenyan, is the only President of the United States with African roots.Obama’s early ancestors migrated to Lake Victoria region from Sudan in the fifteenth century. His family settled at a village known as Kanyadhiang, with Kogelo being the name of the President’s paternal clan. His early ancestors were known as Jok’Owiny

In Luo, the term Jok(y) means the people of. The Obamas are descendants of a man known as Owiny Sigoma, who was a fierce warrior who led his people to fight both Luo and non-Luo speakers in Yimbo area where they drove them away and settled there.

Author Sally Jacobs writes in the book, The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama’s Father, the first extensive profile of the President’s father who was said to be a man of great potential but who ended up dying having disappointed those who had faith in him.

The president’s family is a vast web of potential embarrassments. His great-grandfather was named Opiyo as he was the firstborn twin. He was born in the Luo community where twins are considered “a bad omen.”

His grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, is said to have ditched the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church for Islam because he considered Muslim women more “submissive.” He was a well-known wife batterer and had a hot temper.

The President’s own name Obama is derived from the word bam, which means crooked or indirect. The following information on the Obama family tree has been piece together based on the book by Jacobs.


Obama Opiyo was the great grandfather of Barack Obama jnr. He fathered the president’s own grandfather, Onyango Obama, with one of his five wives. Two of his wives were sisters.


He is the father to Obama Senior. He was the second born of eight brothers and was born in 1885, the same year that the British proclaimed Kenya part of its East Africa Protectorate.

He was among the first from his village to learn the white man’s language. He worked as a cook for the white man.

He had a notorious temper and at one time dug a grave for his fourth wife, Habiba Akumu (the mother of the President’s father), and was on the verge of slitting her throat and burying her when a neighbour spotted him and raised an alarm.He convinced her to convert to Islam and change her name from Akumu to Habiba, a variation of the Arabic name for “loved one.”

They never enjoyed their marriage.

Habiba’s second born was named Baraka, a son. When six years old, he converted to Christianity and changed his name to Barack. He is Obama’s father.

His other wife was Sarah Ogwel famously known as Mama Sarah, who has become something of a family spokesperson and matriarch.

When Habiba could no longer put up with the mistreatment of his husband, she ran away leaving her children under the care of Mama Sarah.




He was born in 1936 and died in a road accident in 1982 leaving behind a chaotic homestead and failed dreams.

He had three surviving wives by the time his son was being elected the US senator.

His first wife was known as Grace Kezia. They met at a dance party in Kendu Bay on Christmas Day in 1956, when Obama Senior was the village dancing champion.

After his death, the family was divided down the middle over disputes on his estate valued at Sh450,000 by 1996.

Three months after Obama Senior’s death, she went to court claiming she had not divorced him.

When Obama won the election in December 2008, she was living in the suburban town of Bracknell, west of London. Obama Senior met the President’s mother, Ann Dunham, at the University of Hawaii, where he was the first African student and the first black man that most of the students had seen.

They had their first date in front of the university library, married in February 1961 and the young Barack was born six months later. They divorced in early 1964.

He was also married to Ruth (Baker) Ndesandjo.

His other wife was Jael Atieno Onyango, who was almost half his age. They only got one son, George Hussein Onyango. Obama senior died when George was six months old.

Jael remarried and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


Obama Senior’s troubled marriage life was partly blamed on his alcohol addiction.


In the book The Other Barrack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama’s father, the author writes thus: “It was clear that his heavy consumption of alcohol played a part. Obama was given the nickname “Double-Double” due to his habit of ordering successive twin shots of whiskey at one sitting, sometimes accumulating up to 16 shot glasses before him.”

Very few people, if any, can give a vivid account of what kind of man he was. “I can’t say I really knew him, Barack. Maybe nobody did ... not really. His life was so scattered. People only knew scraps and pieces, even his own children,” Obama’s half-sister, Auma Obama is quoted in Dreams From My Father.

Has three wives and lives in Kogello. He is the only one who has not written a book about his father. Sometimes back, he caused a stir after building a small mosque in his homestead, something that could have negatively affected Obama’s campaign for the presidency.

He unsuccessfully ran for Siaya governorship in the 2013 General Election.


He was the second son of Obama. In July 1997, six months after being sworn in as the Illinois Senator, he wrote a letter disavowing any claim on his father’s estate.

In 1988, as he was preparing to join Harvard School of Law, Obama started seeking deeper details about his father.




She is the president’s half-sister and Obama Senior’s only daughter. She was the second born child of Grace Kezia.


Eldest of Obama’s third wife. He went to the US in the 1980s to attend college. He says that he has blocked memory about his “profoundly abusive father who cheated on her mother repeatedly and often beat her up.”

He is an international marketing consultant in China. He has a BA in physics from Brown University and master’s degrees from Stanford and Emory Universities.

In 2009, he wrote autobiographical novel called Nairobi to Shenzhen: A Novel of Love in the East.

He died in a motorbike accident.


She is the child of the second marriage of Obama’s mother.


He is the youngest of the Obamas and lives in Huruma.


His mother, Jael Atieno Onyango, was half the age of the old man. George was their only child born six months before the Mzee died.




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 CGK    2,639

Nairobi businesses slow or shut down as US president comes calling

Residents of Nairobi enjoyed rare traffic-free roads on Friday morning as many businesses shut down or cut their trading hours ahead of a visit by US President Barack Obama to his father’s homeland.

Police prepared to close major thoroughfares in Kenya’s capital for several hours before Obama arrived, and financial markets said they would bring the shutters down early in the hurly-burly city of more than three million.

As well as laying on massive security because of the threat from Islamist al Shabaab militants from neighbouring Somalia, city officials have pulled out all the stops for Obama’s visit, the first by a sitting US president.

Gangs of workers have been planting grass along the main road from the airport and sprucing up major intersections with flowers and American and Kenyan flags.

“Nairobi looks so beautiful this morning. No traffic jams, just squeaky clean roads complete with potted plants,” said Henry Kirimania, a worker at a city-centre bank.

Some Nairobians welcomed Obama’s visit, saying it might serve as a reminder to Kenya’s leaders of the need to transcend the tribal affiliations that tend to predominate in its politics.

“I’m very sure Obama’s visit will make great changes in Kenya, more so in the democratic space. I really want things to work,” said Josphat Osembe, a 40-year-old civil servant.

However, others were frustrated that road closures had forced shops and business to miss a day’s trading.

“Business is down as Obama is coming. It has gone down by 80 per cent because most people are at home,” said Walter Odhiambo, a petrol station supervisor in downtown Nairobi.

Obama, the first black US president, is the son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas. He traveled to Kenya as a US senator but has not gone since entering the White House.

Security in east Africa will be a major topic during his visit. Over the past two years Kenya has suffered a series of major attacks by Al Shabaab, including a massacre in April of 148 people at a local university.

After Kenya, Obama heads to neighbouring Ethiopia, Africa’s most populous nation after Nigeria and one of the continent’s fastest-growing economies.

Nairobi taxi drivers will applaud Air Force One’s departure.

“The blockage is going to affect us seriously because about 1,500 trucks which use the Mombasa-Nairobi route daily will be grounded,” said Willington Kiberenge, chief executive of the Kenya Transporters Association in Mombasa.


“The coming of Obama is a gain to the government but not for us,” said Boniface Mose, a motorcycle taxi operator also facing a lean few days.

The effects of road closures were felt beyond the confines of the capital, with long-distance hauliers complaining about interruption to the main land route from the port city of Mombasa to Kenya’s interior.


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 CGK    2,639

This is how they report on his visit in the Kenyan press

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 CGK    2,639

Kenyan President tells O they are not interested in his gay rights agenda.


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 Lucy Barnable    5,363

Kenyan President tells O they are not interested in his gay rights agenda.


Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya and most of Africa.
I can imagine him getting arrested and tossed in an African prison. 

Kenya’s Penal Code criminalizes sodomy.  Under this law, a “person who … has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature … or permits a male person to have carnal knowledge of him or her against the order of nature” commits a felony, punishable on conviction by a fourteen-year prison term.[40]  An attempt to commit an unnatural offense, also a crime, is , punishable on conviction by a seven-year prison term.[41]


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