10 Photos of a 26 Year Old ‘Barack Obama’ Connecting With His African Roots

1987 Barack Obama at the age of 26 visited his father’s homeland for the first time. He met his brothers, sisters and grandmother and later he said, the visit was to transform his life. The images below come from that trip to connect with his African roots. What a transformation from an unknown young African man to the leader of the free world.

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obama with relatives in kenya


obama in africa




obama family happy


obama carrying a sack africa

obama looking good with family

obama alone africa


obama africa kenya

obama with his paternal grandmother


obama with friends africa


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  1. I really enjoyed looking at the pictures of my president as a young man with his African family. I wish new something about my African heritage on my father side. I did find out that my mother’s grandmother was taken as a slave from Uganda as a young girl. I met this guy named Marcus Washington that was in the US navy he was from Ghana. I would love to reconnect with him. He was station in Portsmouth,VA and use to drive a 300ZX like myself. If anyone reading this knows him, leave a reply. thanks

  2. It is refreshing seeing the president during his young days in Kenya. Proud that he will be visiting Kenya this July as a sitting US president!

  3. I visited Sarah Obama in Kogelo 2 years ago because i have a lot of respect for this family and lot of respect for Barak Obama President

    • hi Francine am Dida from Yimbo in Siaya County. i met a lady by the same name as yours in Yimbo Usenge, is it you?

  4. i forgot to mention i’am from Belgium Every year i visit Kenya to help orphans and it was my wish to visit Sarah Obama so i was very happy to succeed. Warm greetings

  5. Iam from Angola, it´s a honor to see pictures of presidente Obama beside his family in Africa. I WISH HIM LUCK…

    • My name is Winston, I really love to see President Obama going back to his root. Africa the home of the braves

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