Obama may snub father's hometown and family on Kenya visit

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President Barack Obama arrived in Kenya to visit his father's ancestral home Friday. He was greeted by President Uhuru Kenyatta and other key officials at the airport.

There's one woman in particular who's hoping to see him: his 95-year old step-grandmother.

Sarah Obama still lives in Kogelo, a town that exploded with pride when Obama was elected president of the United States. But despite all the loyalty -- the town isn't on the president's itinerary.

See photos of President Obama's arrival:

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US President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. Obama arrived in Africa on a five-day tour with stops in his father's homeland of Kenya, before traveling to Ethiopia. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama receives flowers from Joan Wamaitha, 8, upon his arrival at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi on July 24, 2015. US President Barack Obama arrived in Kenya late today, his first visit to the country of his father's birth since his election as president. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (L) signs a guestbook alongside Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta upon arrival on Air Force One at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. Obama arrived in Africa on a five-day tour with stops in his father's homeland of Kenya, before traveling to Ethiopia. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
People watch from inside a terminal as US President Barack Obama arrives on Air Force One at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. Obama arrived in Africa on a five-day tour with stops in his father's homeland of Kenya, before traveling to Ethiopia. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama sits alongside his step-grandmother, Mama Sarah (L) and half-sister Auma Obama (R), during a gathering of family at his hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. US President Barack Obama arrived in the Kenyan capital Nairobi late Friday, making his first visit to the country of his father's birth since his election as president. Obama was greeted by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta with a handshake and embrace as he stepped off Air Force One, at the start of a weekend visit during which he will address an entrepreneurship summit and hold talks on trade and investment, counter-terrorism, democracy and human rights. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama attends a gathering of family at his hotel in Nairobi at his hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. US President Barack Obama arrived in the Kenyan capital Nairobi late Friday, making his first visit to the country of his father's birth since his election as president. Obama was greeted by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta with a handshake and embrace as he stepped off Air Force One, at the start of a weekend visit during which he will address an entrepreneurship summit and hold talks on trade and investment, counter-terrorism, democracy and human rights. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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Obama will be in Nairobi, about 200 miles away, at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit -- the capital city is home to a growing number of innovative tech start-ups. However, the other day a local Kenyan radio station announced -- or perhaps over promised -- that President Obama will stop by his father's village for a three hour detour; something the president's team denies.

Edwin Okoth, a villager, told the Washington Post if he's able to get close enough to the president he will introduce him to his son.

"I will tell him, 'This is my son, Barack Obama [Okoth].' "

One person who is positive the president will be stopping by is local witch doctor John Dimo. He claims to have a record for being correct. Apparently when Obama visited as a senator in 2006, Dimo predicted he'd one day become president.

See how Kenya is prepping for the president's visit:

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Solomon Murimia, a 'matatu' minibus driver, gestures as he calls on clients beside his minibus with a painting depicting US President Barack Obama on a July 22, 2015 in Nairobi. Obama will make a first presidential pilgrimage to his father's homeland of Kenya later this month, the capstone of a weeklong overture to Africa taking in three key nations. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
An man rides a bicycle and a trailer with messages reading 'welcome Kenya Obama' in Nairobi on July 23, 2015, on the eve of the US President's visit. On the eve of his trip to Africa, US President Barack Obama said he was excited about the impending visit to his ancestral continent, which he said had great resilience and enormous potential for growth. AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
People read local newspapers with pictures of US President Barack Obama and with headlines 'Welcome Obama' on July 24, 2015 in Nairobi. US President Obama arrives in his ancestral homeland Kenya later today, with a massive security operation under way to protect him from Al-Qaeda-linked Somali militants. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
A banner bearing the likeness of the President of the United States, Barack Obama and bearing a 'welcome' message hangs over the arrival lounge of the Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi on July 23, 2015 less than 48 hours ahead of Obama's expected arrival. US President Barack Obama arrives in his ancestral homeland Kenya late on July 24, 2015, with a massive security operation underway to protect him from Al-Qaeda-linked Somali militants. Obama, making his first visit as president to his father's birthplace, will address an entrepreneurship summit and hold talks on trade and investment, security and counter-terrorism, and democracy and human rights. AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Kenyan vendor Hosea displays his t-shirts with a depiction of US President Barack Obama at the Kogelo market on July 13, 2015 in Kisumu. Excitement is growing in Kenya ahead of Barack Obama's first visit to his father's homeland since becoming president. Anticipation ahead of the late July trip is nowhere greater than in Kogelo, 'a sleepy village' that was 'put on the world map' by its association with the US president, according to his uncle Said Obama. AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman buys glasses next to a shop selling t-shirts with a depiction of US President Barack Obama at the Kogelo market on July 13, 2015 in Kisumu. Excitement is growing in Kenya ahead of Barack Obama's first visit to his father's homeland since becoming president. Anticipation ahead of the late July trip is nowhere greater than in Kogelo, 'a sleepy village' that was 'put on the world map' by its association with the US president, according to his uncle Said Obama. AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
A man looks at local newspapers bearing headlines on US President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Kenya on July 17, 2015 in Nairobi. Obama is due to visit Ethiopia later this month as well as Kenya, where his father was born. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
A Maasai woman looks at hawkers selling a poster of US President Barrack Obama and the words written in the Luo language, 'Nonro Mar Obama' meaning 'Arrangements for Obama visit ' to motorists during the Luo cultural festival, on July 11, 2015, in Nairobi. The Luo festival which is the tribe that Obama's family belongs to, comes weeks ahead of US President Barrack Obama's visit to Kenya. President Obama's visit, is his first visit to his father's homeland since becoming the president of the USA. AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
A man reads next to newspapers bearing headlines on US President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Kenya on July 17, 2015 in Nairobi. Obama is due to visit Ethiopia later this month as well as Kenya, where his father was born. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Kenyan Said Obama, Kogelo-born, raised and current resident and uncle to United State's President Barack Obama, gestures during an interview in Kisumu on July 13, 2015. The Kenyan Obamas are related to the US president through his Kenyan-born father, Barack Hussein Obama Senior, who died in 1982. Excitement is growing in Kenya ahead of Barack Obama's first visit to his father's homeland since becoming president. Anticipation ahead of the late July trip is nowhere greater than in Kogelo, 'a sleepy village' that Said says was 'put on the world map' by its association with the US president.AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman walks past Kenyan hawker selling posters and T-shirts with the image of US President Barrack Obama and the words written in the Luo language, 'Nonro Mar Obama' meaning 'Arrangements for Obama visit ' to motorists during the Luo cultural festival, on July 11, 2015, in Nairobi. The Luo festival which is the tribe that Obama's family belongs to, comes weeks ahead of US President Barrack Obama's visit to Kenya. President Obama's visit, is his first visit to his father's homeland since becoming the president of the USA. AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Pupils of Senator Obama Kogelo primary school head home after classes in Kogelo on July 13, 2015. The school was renamed after the US President Barack Obama's visit in 2006 to Kenya when he was a state senator. The Kenyan Obamas are related to the US president through his Kenyan-born father, Barack Hussein Obama Senior, who died in 1982. Excitement is growing in Kenya ahead of Barack Obama's first visit to his father's homeland since becoming president. Anticipation ahead of the late July trip is nowhere greater than in Kogelo, 'a sleepy village' that was 'put on the world map' by its association with the US president, according to his uncle Said Obama. AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
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