ABN – There is excitement throughout Kenya today as US President Barack Obama arrives to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, taking place outside Nairobi until Sunday.
It will be his first visit to his father’s home country since July 2009 and his fourth visit to Africa as US President.
Prior to leaving the US, Obama signed a 10-year extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), further demonstrating his commitment to strengthening trade and investment ties with the continent.
He said at the signing: “Despite its many challenges – and we have to be clear-eyed about all the challenges that the continent still faces – Africa is a place of incredible dynamism, some of the fastest-growing markets in the world, extraordinary people, extraordinary resilience.”
Obama is widely seen as a hero in Kenya, with two schools in his father’s home town Kogelo named after him and much merchandise featuring his face sold there.
Residents of Kogelo, including his grandmother Sarah Obama, desperately want him to visit the area but it seems unlikely he’ll have time.