Kenyans are anticipating the visit of Barack Obama, America President and of Kenyan descent. Barack’s late father Hussein Onyango Obama, was born in K’ogelo and grew up there before traveling abroad to study, where he met Obama’s American mother in Hawaii.
The city of Nairobi has experienced a face lift and one can expect reactions to trail these actions.
“I have noticed that Mombasa Road and Uhuru Highway are currently undergoing an elaborate process of beautification presumably because of Barak Obama’s looming visit to Kenya. Taifa road has been given a major face lift in record time and I hear that there is an elaborate plan to rid the city of street families before president Obama arrives. ..I actually have no issue with the beautification process itself or any plans to make the city better, however I am convinced that the timing and reason for the works are clear indicators of how colonized our leaders’ minds are. The hurried beautification works represent an act of bending over backwards to make frantic cosmetic changes in a desperate bid to impress a foreign leader and perhaps hide the shame of what the city ordinarily looks like when no high ranking foreign dignitaries come our way..”- BY DANNISH ODONGO (Kenyan Writer and social commentator)
Well, Governor Kidero says it is the African culture of face-lifting the house in expectation of a guest. “Our vision is to make Nairobi the city of choice for investment, the city of choice to live in, the city of work and being the hub in East and Central Africa, we are always ready for guests so there is not much being done out of the ordinary. But you know according to African culture, if guests come, the children eat the bones, so probably we have done a bit more because a special visitor is coming up”.
Dr Kirubi, an entrepreneur is excited Kenya will be in the news for the right reason. “The American President Barack Obama is lucky to have two homes. His first home is the United States and the second one is Kenya. “Barack Obama’s father is 100 percent Kenyan. For heaven sake, a child is known to be from where the father originated because the father is the anchor of the family. He can belong to the world, but his gene came from Kenya,” says Dr Chris Kirubi, a Kenyan entrepreneur.
“This will be the first time GES to be held in Kenya and also the first time a sitting US President will visit the country. Getting the whole world focus on Kenya is not a small thing. Furthermore the focus will not be on the bad things that make people talk about us like when there are disasters, but we will be on the spotlight for the right reason. I mean that is not a small thing,”
According to Governor Kidero, Obama’s visit is a vote of confidence for Kenya. “We have had travel advisories and if the President of America can travel it means that those travel advisories are not of any significance. Kenya is safe, we have seen a lot of visitors coming, you have seen the report this week that the number of visitors have started going up, and of course there has been a lot of concern about security but this has not prevented many from coming in. By and large Kenya is safe and Nairobi is safer”
His Grandmother ( actually the third wife of his paternal grandfather) is expecting her grandson and would be preparing him local dishes. “Whether Obama is a Senator or a President, he will eat any and all types of food be it omena, chicken, fish, obambla and even porridge. Whatever people eat, he also eats, he does not choose and I will prepare everything for him,” she said
In another twist, concerned citizens have been gearing up for a one-of-a-kind campaign against homosexuality to an indescribable height as protesters are ready to walk the streets naked. Having the support of the Vice President, William Ruto, these citizens have described homosexuality and same-sex marriage describing it as ‘Un-African and against the Bible’. The procession would be carried out by approximately 5,000 totally naked men and women to protest over the United States of America President Barrack Obama’s open and aggressive support for Homosexuality.”
It will be Obama’s fourth visit to Africa since becoming US president, but his first to Kenya, since taking office in 2009. He is expected to be at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) starting July 25 in Nairobi.