Celebrated American media proprietor Oprah Winfrey is among 350 prominent personalities who will flank former United States President Barrack Obama during his upcoming trip to Kenya.
Obama is scheduled to formally launch Sauti Kuu, an NGO owned by his half-sister Dr Auma Obama at his ancestral village of K’Ogelo in Siaya county on July 16th.
The former US President and his delegation will first pay a courtesy call on President Kenyatta at State House in Nairobi, before heading to K'Ogelo for the function.
His delegation is made of renowned professionals, celebrities, philanthropists, clergymen, activists, top lawyers, businessmen and diplomats.
Oprah, who will be in Kenya for the first time, will accompany Obama to his father’s rural home and later attend a charity golf tournament in Muthaiga for the new NGO, the Sauti Kuu Foundation.
After the one-day trip to Kenya, Obama will head to South Africa where he is set to deliver a speech at the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg on July 17th.
Other dignitaries accompanying Obama will be Senegalese-born, US-based singer Akon, Zimbabwe’s music maestro Oliver Mutukudzi, NBA Africa senior director Will Mbiakop, and Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote.
“The family wanted to make it a private launch [of the NGO] but they were to be informed that due to Obama’s status it was a state visit,” a State House official told the Star.