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Obama arrived in Kenya, the country of his father's birth, over the weekend for a private visit, his first to this country since leaving office, AP reported.

"I am very unhappy with the issue of police chasing us from here, at least he (Obama) could have waved to us", said Julius Owino, a student at Senator Obama Secondary school.

Hailing "real progress" in Kenya in recent years, he highlighted corruption, tribalism and rocky elections as challenges that remain.

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President Kenyatta gifted the former US President - who is a celebrated author - with two books on Kenya's youth and success stories in the last 50 years, namely Aspirations of a Generation, Youth of Kenya and Kenya at 50.

After the pleasantries, Mr Obama was whisked away to State House under tight security where he held a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

When Obama visited Kenya in 2015, he was unable to visit his father's village due to security concerns, and vowed to return when he was no longer "wearing a suit" and contribute to the development of young people.

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Obama is set to inaugurate the Sauti Kuu Foundation's project, which comprises of a sports centre, resource and vocational training centre run by his sister, Dr Auma Obama.

"Thank you Former President of USA Barack Obama for visiting and making a long stay of 8 days to our attractive country Tanzania", said Mr Msigwa in his twitter post. He was born in Hawaii, where he spent most of his childhood raised by his mother, a white American from Kansas.

"It is a joy to be with so many people who are family to me and so many people who claim to be family to me".

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Obama did not have a close relationship with his economist father, who left when he was just two and soon returned to Kenya.

Mr Obama will be heading to South Africa after his Kenya visit to give the annual Mandela Day lecture on Wednesday.

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