New university outside the United States to be named after Barack Obama

Farida Dawkins February 02, 2018
U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) embraces his half-sister Auma Obama (L) and is greeted by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) as he arrives aboard Air Force One at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi July 24, 2015... Photo credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama broke a few barriers while in office. Being the 44th president of the United States, he was the first African-American to preside over the nation.

He signed numerous landmark laws such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare; the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 which was credited as a much needed economic boost after the recession. He was also instrumental in drawing troops from the Iraqi war zone.

New university outside the United States to be named after Barack Obama

Official portrait of President Barack Obama

In appreciation for his good work, the Barack Obama University is in the offing in none other than Kenya, the home country of his father.

The Kenyan government has allocated Sh100 million ($984,200.68) to start the monumental project in the Alego Usonga community in the Siaya County in southwest Kenya, says the Siaya county deputy governor, James Okumbe.

When completed, the Barack Obama University will be the first University in the community since independence. President Obama is expected to be present during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the university, reports local media The Star.

This honour goes to show the impact the iconic figure has had over the course of time. Obama’s father, Barack Obama Sr., was a Kenyan student who met and married Stanley Ann Dunham in Hawaii. He left about a year after Obama Jr. was born.

President Obama visited Kenya in 2015 and he was celebrated as the country’s most famous son. He has visited the East African country a number of times before he became president.


Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: June 19, 2018


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