Barack Obama makes first post-presidency visit to Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya — Former U.S. President Barack Obama says Kenya is making progress in getting the government and opposition to work together.

Obama, on his first visit to Africa since stepping down as president, on Monday praised President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga for cooperating following a last year's disputed presidential election.

Speaking in Kogelo, the rural birthplace of his father, Obama said more needs to be done to face challenges such as corruption.

Obama went to Kogelo to launch a sports and training center founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama.

Thousands of Kenyans turned up in his ancestral home in Siaya County to see Obama but many could not get into the venue due to high security.

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Former US President, Barak Obama (3L) poses for a picrure with his step-grandmother Sarah (C) and half-sister, Auma (2R) and some of the local youth on July 16, 2018 during the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. - Obama is in the east african nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP) (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Former US President, Barak Obama (R) interacts with some of the local young beneficiaries July 16, 2018 during the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. - Obama is in the east African nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP) (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents of Nyang'oma village in Kogelo wave US flags as they gather by the side of the road to wait for former US President, Barack Obama to arrive on July 16, 2018 for the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. - Obama is in the East African nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP) (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents of Nyang'oma village in Kogelo wave US flags as they gather by the side of the road to wait for former US President, Barack Obama to arrive on July 16, 2018 for the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. - Obama is in the East African nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP) (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Former US President, Barack Obama (C) with his step-grandmother Sarah (2R) and half-sister, Auma (L) arrive to unveil a plaque on July 16, 2018 during the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. - Obama is in the east african nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP) (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Former US President, Barack Obama (C) with his step-grandmother Sarah (2R) and half-sister, Auma (L) arrive to unveil a plaque on July 16, 2018 during the opening of the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre, founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama at Kogelo in Siaya county, western Kenya. - Obama is in the east african nation for the first time since he left the US presidency and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP) (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Former U.S. President Barack Obama addresses delegates at the basketball court during the launch of Sauti Kuu resource centre near his ancestral home in Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, western Kenya July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
Former U.S. President Barack Obama seats with delegates at the basketball court during the launch of Sauti Kuu resource centre near his ancestral home in Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, western Kenya July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
Former U.S. President Barack Obama reacts as he addresses players at the basketball court during the launch of Sauti Kuu resource centre near his ancestral home in Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, western Kenya July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
Former U.S. President Barack Obama addresses players at the basketball court during the launch of Sauti Kuu resource centre near his ancestral home in Nyangoma Kogelo village in Siaya county, western Kenya July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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