Barack Obama arrives in Kenya to help launch sister's sports center

A video has emerged of former U.S. president Barak Obama dancing to local traditional music in his ancestral home village of Kogelo in western Kenya.

This is his first trip to the country of his father's birth since leaving office.

Uhuru Kenyatta, the current president, had a deep dislike for the politics of Obama's father and his boss, but that did not stop the former president from placing a courtesy phone call to him when he arrived in the country. "Everybody is a cousin", Obama said in jest.

He remembered having to catch a chicken for dinner, which he was "a little squeamish" to kill himself, visiting his father's grave and bathing outdoors.

Obama is in Kenya to help launch a sports and training center founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama, the Associated Press reported.

He said that looking back on those memories, he "couldn't be prouder of what my sister has built".

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The talks centred on youth empowerment and the Building of Bridges initiative set up by the two leaders on March 9.

They will also be able to benefit from classes on work ethics, civic education, environmental conservation and financial literacy. But we know real progress means addressing the problems that remain.

Obama also will meet with Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga while he is there, according to the AP.

Another issue that has got Kenya's talking is the report in Tanzanian newspapers that Mr Obama and his family spent eight days in the famous Serengeti National Park before travelling to Kenya. "I don't want my community to be beggars... let us start depending on ourselves", said Auma.

President Kenyatta was joined by Deputy President William Ruto and other senior government officials.

President Kenyatta gifted the former US President, who is himself a noted author, with two books on Kenya's youth and success stories in the last 50 years, namely Aspirations of a Generation - Youth of Kenya and Kenya at 50.

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