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Obama looking forward to Kenyan visit

Obama updates summer reading list | TheHill Barack Obama's Summer Reading List Features Some Of Africa’s Best Writers
Charles Bowen | 14 July, 2018, 14:22

The visit would take him to Kenya and South Africa.

She will join Obama in South Africa after his two-day visit in Kenya.Oprah has a school in South Africa, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, a boarding school for girls in grades 8-12.

This trip will be Obama's first time revisiting the continent since leaving office in 2016.

Obama whose late father was Kenyan will arrive in Kenya this Sunday and will meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader, Raila Odinga.

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From Obama: "A true classic of world literature, this novel paints a picture of traditional society wrestling with the arrival of foreign influence, from Christian missionaries to British colonialism".

Obama will deliver the lecture, themed: "Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World" in Johannesburg on Tuesday, hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation in partnership with the Motsepe Foundation and the Obama Foundation. According to Obama's spokesperson who earlier spoke to CNN, Oprah will not be part of the delagtion to Kenya as she will fly straight to South Africa, contrary to initial reports that she would fly in with the former POTUS. A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world.

Obama said that, over the years, he had drawn inspiration from Africa's extraordinary literary tradition. "As I prepare for this trip, I wanted to share a list of books that I'd recommend for summer reading, including some from a number of Africa's best writers and thinkers - each of whom illuminate our world in powerful and unique ways".

Ten radio stations including Radio 2000, Lesedi FM, Metro FM, SAFM, and Motsweding FM will also broadcast live from the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

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