President Obama returned to his family’s Kenyan ancestral home and talked about the future of Africa.
“The young people of this area, the young people throughout Kenya, the young people throughout Africa will learn that their voices can change the world,” he stated. “We’ve seen it happen before. It’s going to be their voices that will help determine whether or not our leaders are held accountable.”
Obama was there to mark the opening of a sports and vocational training center. The center was built by the foundation run by his half-sister Auma Obama.
“Today I’m really coming as a brother, as a citizen of the world, as someone with a connection to Africa to talk about the importance of what she’s doing, but also to create a larger context for what’s possible,” he explained.
It was Obama’s first trip to Africa since the end of his presidency, and he remarked at just how much Kenya had changed in recent years.
“The barriers to progress that a young Kenyan faces today aren’t as rigid as the ones that night have faced previous generations,” he stated. “A young Kenyan doesn’t have to do what my grandfather did and serve a foreign master. A young Kenyan doesn’t have to do what my father did and leave home in order to get an education. So, there’s been real progress in this amazing country and it should inspire today’s young Kenyans to demand even more progress.”
The Barack Hussein Obama Sr. Center will serve the community in Kogelo, the birthplace of President Obama’s father.