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Barack Obama’s half-sister greets him on the tarmac as he visits father’s homeland Kenya
Barack Obama was given a euphoric welcome to his father’s homeland of Kenya when Air Force One touched down today – with an extra special moment coming on the tarmac as he was reunited with his half-sister.
The President is visiting the country where his father, Barack Obama Sr, was born and raised with the intention of boosting trade and security ties with east African nations.
Half-sister Auma Obama and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta joining a host of other top officials to greet him upon his arrival before whisking him through the capital Nairobi.
The pair first met in their late twenties after Obama – then working as a campaigner in Chicago – invited her to visit. They and other relatives will meet for a dinner this evening.
Huge crowds lined the streets and cheered as the leader of the free world – one of their own – raced by in his heavily-protected motorcade.
Earlier, Obama’s 93-year-old step-grandmother Mama Sarah was pictured before boarding a plane to the city to meet her grandson.
Obama will be using the visit to shore up relations with Kenya in the battle against Islamist militants al-Shabaab – the al-Qaida-affiliated group responsible for the Westgate shopping centre massacre in 2013.
He will also preside at a Global Entrepreneurship Summit, pay tribute to victims and survivors of the 1998 US embassy bombing and dine with with Kenyatta, whose indictment by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity had provided a barrier to Obama’s visit until they were recently dropped.
The US President’s last visit to the country came a year before Kenyatta’s disputed 2007 election victory, after which he had been accused of fomenting ethnic violence.