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He was the senator from Illinois in the US and an embryonic statesman. He was in Kenya primarily to experience the pristine environment of the remote village of Nyang’oma Kogelo in Siaya District of western Kenya where his father, Barack Obama Sr — the man he met only once in his life in 1971 — was born 62 years earlier; and to introduce his young family to the simpler ways of life, away from the opulence and grandeur of a developed Chicago skyline.
The majority of Kenyans did not know who Obama Jr really was; nor had they known his father who had left the country in the early 1960s at the age of 23 to study in the US, and who had died at a relatively young age.
n September 1959, Obama Sr. enrolled at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu as the university's first African foreign student