US President Barack Obama embraces his half-sister Dr Auma Obama at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi on July 24, 2014. On the right is Kenya President Uhuru. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP
The long-awaited moment was finally here, and history was being made: President Obama, the son of a Kenyan, making his first visit to the country as president; and Kenya receiving a first sitting president of the United States of America.
At his first public engagement — the official opening of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Gigiri, Nairobi — President Obama once again charmed Kenyans with his first words: “Niaje wasee? Mko poa?” (Kiswahili slung for “How are you guys? You okay?”), to rousing cheers.