President Obama to Visit Kenya for First Time in Presidency

For the first time in his presidency, President Obama will return to his father’s home country of Kenya in July.

Obama, who made his last trip to Kenya as a senator in 2006, is scheduled to meet with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in an effort to boost economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa.

“Just as President Kennedy’s history visit to Ireland in 1963 celebrated the connections between Irish-Americans and their forefathers, President Obama’s trip will honor the strong historical ties between the United States and Kenya—and all of Africa,” White House officials said earlier today in a statement.

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This will be Obama’s fifth trip to Kenya, almost 10 years after he last made the journey. Though there is no word of whether he will see family members, during his last trip, he made a point to visit his father’s home village of Nyang’oma-Kogelo.