Five lucky Kenyans who have had the luck of meeting Barrack Obama in person

Former US President Barrack Obama was in Kenya in a much anticipated visit to his home town Kogelo to foresee the opening of Sauti Kuu, founded by his sister Auma Obama.

The organization ‘Sauti Kuu Foundation’ is a non-profit organisation that helps orphans and other young people struggling with poverty in Kogelo.

Dr Auma Obama: Sauti Kuu Foundation to open sports and resource centre in Siaya

It is not easy to get close to him given the magnitude of his security detail but here are Kenyans who have had the luck and grace of meeting the powerful man.

1.Kavi Pratt

2.Jalango

The witty comedian was the lucky man emceeing the Sauti Kuu event something that is worth celebrating as not many people get this chance.

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3.Octopizzo

The artiste interacted with the former POTUS as he performed in Kogelo during the official launch of Sauti Kuu.

Michelle Obama shows off dance moves in Paris as Obama tours Kenya

He posted his photo and that of Obama online with the caption below;

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

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If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”

4.Willis Edwin Opiyo

Grandfather to TV presenter Willis Raburu was among the few Kenyans with the privilege of welcoming Obama.

Being the Luo council of Elders Chair Willis Edwin Opiyo Otondi was delegated to be part of the team that received the former president. Wasn’t he lucky?

5.Sauti Sol

The four member band was among the few lucky Kenyans to not only meet Obama while he was President but they had him dancing to their song.

Obama left many applauding after dancing to ‘Sura Yako’ together with our President Uhuru Kenyatta and Auma Obama.

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Meeting Obama is something most people would love to do only that they lack the opportunity.

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Did Obama’s Slip Of The Tongue Reveal The Sex Of Beyonce’s Twins?

Former US President Barack Obama may have let slip the sex of Beyonce and Jay Z’s twins.

The former president, who was attending a ceremony to mark rapper Jay’s induction into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in New York on Thursday night, seemed to reveal the gender of the star’s new babies.

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Amid speculation the twins have been born, Obama joked about the similarities between himself and Jay in the video, before implying that the musician was going to have ‘him beat’ when it comes to how many daughters they each have.

“I like to think Mr Carter and I understand each other. Nobody who met us as younger men would have expected us to be where we are today,” Obama said. “We know what it’s like not to have a father around, we know what it’s like not to come from much, and to know people who didn’t get the same breaks that we did. So we try to prop open those doors of opportunity so that it’s a little easier for those who come up behind us to succeed as well.”

The two-minute video sees Obama list the similarities before saying:  ‘Jay and I are also fools for our daughters. Although, he’s going to have me beat once those twins show up.’

Since Obama has two daughters, Malia and Sasha, and Jay already has one, Blue Ivy with wife Beyonce, the comment implies that the only way the rapper could get him ‘beat’ is if he had twin girls.

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Obama’s video sparked a Twitter frenzy on Thursday night, with one posting: ‘So Beyoncé is having twin girls. Only way Jay would have Obama “beat” once they arrive. He’s gonna be in trouble for spilling the beans.’

Another added: ‘Did Obama out Beyoncé as having twin girls? Otherwise, his comment about Jay beating him in terms of number of daughters doesn’t make sense.’

Jay Z skipped the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York on Thursday, amid speculation his wife Beyonce has already given birth to the couple’s twins.

Rumour mill: Obama's video sparked a Twitter frenzy on Thursday night

The award was picked up on his behalf by his friend and record label head Jon Platt, who passed on the rapper’s apologies to the crowd.

Increasing the rumours further, Beyonce’s sister Solange Knowles (below), has been spotted at the Los Angeles Medical Centre, rumoured to be where the couple are having their children, according to reports.

 

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Beyonce’s sister Solange Knowles

Beyonce’s younger sister was seen pulling into the medical facility on Thursday, according to Radar Online and various reports on Twitter, two days after rumours went into overdrive that the star was in labour.

Jay Z, meanwhile, was nowhere to be seen in NYC, despite receiving the honour of being the first rapper ever to be inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall Of Fame.

While the rapper’s mother, grandmother, sisters and many friends were in the audience, according to Variety, and the video message from Obama, the main man failed to make an appearance.

Instead, Jon Platt told the crowd at the ceremony on Thursday night: ‘I can’t begin to tell you how much this honour means to me – I’m sorry… it’s not my award.

‘I can’t begin to tell you how much this award means to Jay. He’s really sorry he can’t be here with you tonight.’

Jay Z also shared his thanks online, tweeting a long list of artists who inspire him before quipping: ‘I’m deleting this app in the morning. S*** is impossible to get right. I promise I’m not drunk.’

Obama’s Cousin Sues The Scotland Yard For Sh 64 Million For Farting

Marie Auma, US president’s Barack Obama’s cousin is suing police in London over claims colleagues subjected her to a campaign of harassment and passed wind next to her desk.

Auma told a court that officers and staff at Southwark Police Station conspired to bully her – with two officers regularly breaking wind near her in a “primitive” and “loud” manner.

The 57-year-old, who was at American President Obama’s inauguration in 2009, claims she was constantly belittled and humiliated between 2007 and 2009.

The harassment began in 2007 when she was refused leave to visit the graves of her two brothers’ after they died in a car crash in Kenya and ended in her being medically retired with mental health difficulties, the court heard.

Ms Auma, of Green Lanes, Palmers Green, north London, is fighting for £400,000 compensation in a trial at Central London County Court. The Met denies liability.

Judge Simon Freeland QC heard Ms Auma, whose job involved liaising with crime victims on the Telephone Investigations Bureau, had been the victim of “21st Century bullying.”

Ms Auma is related to Mr Obama through her aunt, Kezia Obama, who is the president’s Bracknell, Berkshire-based step-mother.

Mr Daniels said Ms Auma had booked her trip to Kenya without first getting permission. He said senior staff had refused her leave before she even bought the flight ticket.  The High Court hearing continues.

Obama Administration Employs First Transgender Woman At White House

President Obama’s administration employed the first transgender woman at the White House. Raffi Freedman-Gurspan was appointed as the outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel in the white House Office of Presidential Personnel.

Speaking to Huffington Post National Center for Transgender Equality Executive (NCTE) Director Mara Keisling said, “President Obama has long said he wants his Administration to look like the American people. That the first transgender appointee is a transgender woman of color is itself significant.”

Raffi Freedman served as a staff member at the NCTE working as a policy adviser for the organization’s Racial and Economic Justice Initiative.

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan demonstrates the kind of leadership this Administration champions,” Valerie Jarrett, a White House senior adviser, echoed Keisling’s sentiments. “Her commitment to bettering the lives of transgender Americans, particularly transgender people of color and those in poverty, reflects the values of this Administration,” Jarett added.

Best Obama Moments As Discussed By Listeners

During the weekend when Obama was here, alot happened from the speech to the way he conducted himself , meeting his family, interacting with people etc.

According to Maina Kageni his favourite moments included, when he hugged his sister Auma at the airport.

When she introduced him at the GES conference.

When they were having dinner together as a family.

When he acknowledged her and showed the world that no matter what family comes first.

During today’s show many people shared their  favourite Obama moments. Listen to them:

Meet Auma Obama’s Daughter

Until recently not many people knew who Auma Obama was.  Not until she received her brother U.S president Barack Obama at the JKIA during his recent visit to Kenya.

She also introduced her brother before his public address at the Kasarani indoor arena: an opportunity many would have wanted to have. Did I also mention that she got to ride inside “the beast” with him?

Enough of that, here are photos of her and her daugthter Akinyi Manners. Their fashion sense is really on point. As they say “Ujaluo itawamaliza!”

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Mama Sarah en route to Nairobi to meet grandson

Mama Sarah has departed for Nairobi to meet her step-grandson, US President Barack Obama, who will arrive on Friday night. Sarah, who said the US Embassy rescheduled her flight from Thursday, is expected to arrive with Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga.

She spoke when she joined Rasanga in launching a county tourism and culture expo on Wednesday. The expo, and several other events, have been aligned with Obama’s three-day visit, during which he will not go to Nyang’oma Kogelo village.

The White house said Obama will spend private time in Nairobi with family members but will not travel to the village that is most closely associated with the family name. Obama, who became the first black US president, is the son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas.

The US president is visiting with a mission to strengthen US security and economic ties, but his personal connection to his father’s birthplace will dominate a trip viewed as a native son’s return to his home. He will hold bilateral talks and dine with President Uhuru Kenyatta, and co-host the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

He will also give public addresses at Kenyatta University and Safaricom Stadium Kasarani. Obama departed for Kenya on Thursday, his first trip to his father’s homeland as US president, kicking off a swing through Africa that includes a stop in Ethiopia.

He boarded Air Force One from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland and made a stop over at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.

– The Star

Why was Barack Obama drinking beer at 11am?

Angela Merkel welcomed Barack Obama to the G7 summit with a traditional Bavarian breakfast on Sunday – complete with a half-litre of beer. President Obama had just flown across the Atlantic to meet Mrs Merkel, David Cameron and the other G7 leaders at an exclusive spa resort in the Alps.

But before he could get down to business, Mrs Merkel treated him to a full Bavarian breakfast of white sausages, pretzels and foaming lager. Eleven in the morning might be considered a little early for a beer in some parts of the world, but in Bavaria breakfast is not complete without a weissbier, as the local wheat beer is called. It’s not quite as hard-drinking as it sounds: Bavarians don’t down a quick pint before heading to the office every morning.

It originates in Frühschoppen – a local tradition of meeting for a drink late in the morning on Sundays and holidays.
According to Bavarian custom, the sausages cannot be eaten after 12 noon, because no preservatives are used and they are made fresh every day. Therefore those who wish to wash their sausages down with a beer must get supping before that time. The local saying is that the sausages must not be allowed to hear the church bells chime noon.

-Telegraph

US President Obama Finally Joins Twitter

Six years into his Presidency, US President Barrack Obama has joined twitter.

His official handle is @potus. Within a few hours of joining he got over a million followers, with the number now standing at slightly over 1.5 M.

His first tweet read :

 And then he went one to joke with former President Bill Clinton

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Obama Should Not Make Any Apologies For Visiting Kenya – King’ang’i

President Barack Obama is coming to Kenya in July and Americans are questioning his decision tour the country with some giving excuses such as floods and lack of roads and errorism.

Mwalimu King’ang’i on the morning conversation with Maina said that President Obama should not make any apologies for his visit because after all Kenya is his rural home.

King’ang’i says that the president doesn’t need any American votes in the next election therefore he owes no one an explanation. He adds that Obama should visit Maasai Mara, Mombasa and his grandmother’s home in Kogelo and boost our tourism in the process.

Listen to the hilarious conversation below

Kerry in Kenya calls for unity to defeat terrorism

US Secretary of State John Kerry called for unity in the face of terror attacks Monday, as he visited a memorial in Kenya to the 1998 bombing of the US embassy.

The embassy bombing by Al-Qaeda was the worst attack in the east African nation by Islamist militants, killing 213 people.

“The terrorists who struck on August 7, 1998 failed utterly in their purpose, which was to implant fear in the hearts of the Kenyan people and to divide America from the citizens of this country,” Kerry said.

“They failed for the same reason that terrorists will always fail. Yes they can reduce a building to rubble, and yes they can even deprive innocent people of their lives, but they do not give anyone anything of what really makes life worthwhile.”

Last month Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab gunmen massacred close to 150 people, mostly students, in a raid on a university in the northeastern Kenyan town of Garissa.

The raid followed a string of other massacres in the northeast and Muslim-majority coastal areas, and after the September 2013 siege of the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi which left at least 67 dead.

“We know that the struggle in which we are all engaged now is not going to be over soon — nearly two years ago at Westgate mall, five weeks ago at Garissa university and at other times,” the top US diplomat said.

“Words are not sufficient to express our sorrow, our outrage, or our wish that we can somehow reverse time and bring all the victims back.”

Kerry arrived in Kenya on Sunday for talks on security cooperation and ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit to his late father’s home country.

The fight against Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants features high on the agenda, with Kenya struggling to stop increased cross-border attacks by the militants even though it has thousands of troops in southern Somalia.

“We do have however the power to fight back, not only with our military and law enforcement, but also through something that may be even more powerful and that may make a bigger difference in the end, and that is our unity and the character of our ideals,” Kerry said.

“Unlike some we do not define ourselves in terms of hate. We are builders, we are teachers, we are dreamers, we are doers.”

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Obama will still visit Kenya despite of the Garissa attacks

US President Barack Obama will still visit Kenya despite an al Shabaab attack on Garissa University College that left 147 people dead.

This is according to a statement released on the White House’s official website, stating that Obama will still visit the country in July.

“Even at this difficult hour, the Kenyan people should know they have an unwavering friend and ally in the United States of America,” the statement read in part.

Obama further condemned the killing of the 147 students by the al Shabaab and said the event will not deter the socio-economic and political growth of the country.

“I know firsthand the extraordinary resilience and fundamental decency of the people of Kenya. So I know that the people of Garissa and all of Kenya will grieve, but their determination to achieve a better and more secure future will not be deterred,” Obama said.

Obama further heaped praise on the security agencies that responded to the attack.

“We also commend the heroism of the responders who lost their lives in the selfless protection of the students and faculty,” Obama said.

Obama further pledged continued assistance to Kenya in the war on terror.

“We will stand hand-in-hand with the Kenyan Government and people against the scourge of terrorism and in their efforts to bring communities together,” Obama said.

 

This is why U.S President Barrack Obama will visit Kenya in July

President Barack Obama is set to visit Nairobi in July for Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Africa and globally.

In a statement said by the U.S ambassador to Kenya Bob Godec, the white house wants to hear ideas on how to start the spark of entrepreneurship in Africa.

It said that this was to empower marginalized groups, especially women and youth, through entrepreneurship.

Applications for the Global Entrepreneurship competition ran in conjunction with the US Department of State closed on   March 20, 2015 .

This competition is the flagship program of the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative. The competition, is focused on young scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs, aged between 18-40 years old, who have either an idea or start-up in the subject areas of Agriculture, Energy, Health or Information and communication technologies.

Obama’s selfie moments with selfie stick (video)

U.S president Barrack Obama uses a selfie stick to help promote healthcare .

He is seen making different faces for fun, showing some of the things that people do daily.

Here is the video.

Angelina Jolie named the most admired woman in the world

Angelina Jolie has beaten the likes of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Hillary Clinton and even the Queen to be named the most admired woman in the world.

According to a new poll of 25,000 people, the actress, director, mother-of-six and UN special envoy was most worthy of respect internationally.

Angelina, 39, has just directed Unbroken, a critically-acclaimed film about the Second World War and has been travelling around the world visiting war zones since 2001.

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In second place was 17-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot by the Talban and won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

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The youngest Nobel laureate, Yousafzai is an advocate for education and women’s human rights in her native Swat Valley in Pakistan, after blogging for the BBC beginning at age 11. Hillary Clinton, the former US Secretary of State, rounded out the top three.

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The poll was conducted across 23 countries, with each nation producing different results.

The Queen was widely admired along with Michelle Obama, who came in fifth and surprisingly Celine Dion who took the sixth spot, ahead of Oprah Winfrey at seven and Julia Roberts who was eighth most admired woman.

North Korea denies hacking Sony

North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were “groundless slander,” and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.

An unnamed spokesman of North Korea’s foreign ministry said there would be serious consequences if Washington refused to agree to the probe and continued to accuse Pyongyang, according to the North Korean U.N. mission and its official KCNA news agency.

The United States stands by its assertion that North Korea was to blame, a White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman said on Saturday, in response to the remarks.

On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama blamed North Korea for the devastating cyberattack, which had led to the Hollywood studio cancelling the imminent release of “The Interview,” a comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

An angry Obama warns North Korea over Sony movie hack

US President Barack Obama on Friday warned North Korea it would face retaliation for a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures over an irreverent film comedy that infuriated Pyongyang.

Obama said the movie giant had “made a mistake” in canceling the Christmas Day release of “The Interview,” a madcap romp about a CIA plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Sony defended its decision, made after anonymous hackers invoked the 9/11 attacks in threatening cinemas screening the film, prompting theater chains to say they would not risk showing it.

An envoy for Pyongyang denied the secretive state was behind the hacking, which led to the release of a trove of embarrassing emails, scripts and other internal communications, including information about salaries and employee health records.

Addressing reporters after the FBI said Pyongyang was to blame, Obama said Washington would never bow to “some dictator.”

“We can confirm that North Korea engaged in this attack,” Obama said.

“We will respond. We will respond proportionately and we’ll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose.