This is what Barack Obama’s ancestral home looks like

 
 
 
  • United States President Barack Obama is en route to Africa for a three-day visit to his father’s homeland, Kenya. This is Obama’s first visit to Kenya as a sitting president. Though the country is excited to be hosting him, residents of Nyang’oma Kogelo are disappointed that he will not see the village his father was born and buried in. Above: Obama waves as he boards Air Force One for a trip to Kenya and Ethiopia on Thursday (July 23 2015) at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. Picture: Cl
  • Residents walk past an advertisement that jumped on the Obama bandwagon, ahead of the US president’s scheduled state visit. Obama was expected to address the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in the capital, Nairobi. Picture: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
  • A newly finished T-shirt displaying the image of Obama is seen at a small workshop in the Kibera slums, ahead of his scheduled state visit. Obama will land in Kenya on Friday with a mission to strengthen US security and economic ties, but his personal connection to his father’s birthplace will dominate a trip that Kenyans view as a native son returning home. Picture: Noor Khamis/Reuters
  • Sarah Hussein Obama, step-grandmother to the US president, smiles at their homestead in the village of Kogelo, west of Kenya’s capital Nairobi. In 2006, Obama – then a US senator – met with his step-grandmother at his father’s house. Reports say Obama will meet with his relatives at an undisclosed location during his visit. Picture: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
  • The grave of Obama’s father, Barack Hussein Obama Senior, and his grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, are seen at their homestead in his ancestral village of Kogelo. Picture: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
  • Florence Adhiambo Goro, a vendor, is reflected in boiling cooking oil as she prepares doughnuts at the trading centre of the village of Nyang’oma Kogelo. Goro (37) said Obama’s visit would boost the local economy. “With President Obama’s visit, we will celebrate and invite all his guests to spend time with us,” she said. Picture: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
  • One of the features of the Kenyan village is an open-pit gold mine. Picture: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
  • Villagers get around on motorbike taxis or on foot, and a donkey cart transports water. Picture: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
  • Pork is displayed in the window of a butcher’s shop at the trading centre in Kogelo. Picture: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
  • The Obamas have a school named after their most famous son and children – some of them named Obama in honour of the president – walk to and from school. Picture: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters