Obama touches down in Nairobi, Kenya

Dinner time as Obama reunites with his Kenyan family members

Dinner time as Obama reunites with his Kenyan family members

The US President Barack Obama has just arrived in Kenya aboard Air Force One for the Sixth Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) scheduled for July 24-26 in the capital Nairobi.

The US president will be addressing the summit, a public a rally, and meeting with Kenyan government officials including President Uhuru Kenyatta.

This is Obama’s first visit to his ancestral homeland since 2006. His paternal step grandmother Mama Sarah Obama has arrived in Nairobi hoping to meet with his high profile grandson.

Kenyans are in high spirits and eagerly celebrating their “American cousin’s” homecoming. Gray-haired Kenyans regard Obama as their own son. The excitement is palpable throughout the country.

Having landed at Jomo Kenyetta International Airport (JKIA), at 8:00 pm local time, Obama was welcomed by his counterpart  Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, and his Kenyan family members.

President Uhuru Kenyetta welcoming Obama to Kenya

President Uhuru Kenyetta welcoming Obama to Kenya

A visibly excited Kenyatta warmly welcomed Obama and guided him along as he signed the visitors book on the tarmac before being whisked off to a Nairobi hotel for a grand dinner with his Kenyan relatives including his half-sister Auma and grandma Mama Sarah.

Shortly after arriving in his father’s homeland President Obama tweeted “Proud to be the first American President to visit Kenya. Happy to see family, and to talk with young Kenyans about the future”

Obama’s host Kenyetta also took to twitter to welcome the US president to the East African nation that is beaming with Obama euphoria, “Welcome to Kenya @ POTUS!, he tweeted

President Obama should however expect some anti-gay demonstrations in Nairobi. Hundreds of Kenyan politicians and ordinary Kenyans are planning protests around the US President’s visit.

After his three-day stay in Kenya, Obama will wind up his Africa trip in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he will be addressing the African Union (AU).