Obama 'proud' to visit Africa again

Barrack Obama's list of best African books to read as he prepares to visit Kenya South Africa

Barrack Obama's list of best African books to read as he prepares to visit Kenya South Africa

Preparations for the welcoming of former US President Barrack Obama in Kogelo on Monday are in top gear.

Obama, who, again, reads books, will visit Kenya and South Africa on his trip.

He also announced the launch of a civic leadership programme by the Obama Foundation after selecting 200 rising leaders from 44 African countries, holding on July 14 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

"This week, I'm traveling to Africa for the first time since I left office - a continent of wonderful diversity, thriving culture and remarkable stories", wrote the 57-year old Obama on his official Facebook page.

He noted in a Facebook post that he's "often drawn inspiration from Africa's extraordinary literary tradition".

"This broadcast is in line with the SABC's continuous efforts to deliver news of national interest to the audiences and to fulfil its public service mandate and this event comes at the time when the world is celebrating the late President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela's centenary".

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"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, " the 44th US president said. In his post, Obama calls Adichie "one of the world's great contemporary writers".

And, of course, Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom.

From Obama: "Mandela's life was one of the epic stories of the 20th century". Obama wrote that the memoir is "essential reading for anyone who wants to understand history - and then go out and change it".

The Return by Hisham Matar A beautifully-written memoir that skillfully balances a graceful guide through Libya's recent history with the author's dogged quest to find his father who disappeared in Gaddafi's prisons.

From Obama: "It's true, Ben does not have African blood running through his veins". But few others so closely see the world through my eyes like he can. Per QZ, Rhodes believes it'll be the most important speech Obama will have delivered since departing the White House.

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