Former US President Barack Obama recounted tales of his childhood in Kenya to laughter in Kogela on Monday, as he opened his sister Auma Obama’s Sauti Kuu Foundation’s sports and education facility.
The new facility includes a football pitch and basketball court, which saw NBA vice president and managing director Amadou Gallo Fall, as well as Charlotte Hornets’ Bismack Biyombo and Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri in attendance.
Barack Obama recalled his family’s move to the United States when he was a teenager, and said he hoped the new centre will make life easier for young Kenyans.
Obama was speaking ahead of his trip to South Africa, where he will deliver the 16th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture at the Wanderers Cricket Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday at 2pm to mark what would’ve been Madiba’s 100th birthday.
Obama’s speech will be themed “Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World” in Johannesburg on Tuesday, hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation in partnership with the Motsepe Foundation and the Obama Foundation.