Obama’s ancestral home

US President Barack Obama visits Kenya and Ethiopia this month. His ancestral home of Kogelo is home to Sarah Hussein Obama, his step-grandmother. The Kenyan village, burial place of Obama’s father, features an open-pit goldmine, a pork butcher, and school named after their most famous son. [21 photos total]

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A boy plays during breaktime at the Senator Obama primary school in the village of Kogelo, west of Kenya's capital of Nairobi on July 16. US President Barack Obama visits Kenya and Ethiopia this month. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #
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A motorcyclist wearing a T-shirt with the image of US President Barack Obama waits for fuel at the trading center in Kogelo on July 15. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #
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Florence Adhiambo Goro, a vendor, is reflected through boiling cooking-oil as she prepares doughnuts at the trading center of the village of Kogelo on July 14. Goro, 37, said Obama's visit is a direct boost to the local economy. "With President Obama's visit, we will celebrate and invite all his guests to spend time with us," she said. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #
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A man walks near wooden stalls at the trading center in the village of Kogelo on July 15. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #
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Rosa Anyango carries a bag with the colors of the US flag as she walks from the market near the ancestral home of President Obama in Kogelo on June 22. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #
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Patricia Anyango arranges fish at her stall within the trading center of Kogelo on July 14. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #
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A boy stands outside a maize-mill within the trading center in the village of Kogelo on July 15. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #
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Vivian Odhiambo, 24, fries samosas in the trading center of Kogelo on July 14. Odhiambo said, "Obama is our hero and we wait to welcome him back home again." "We in Kogelo have witnessed general growth and we are proud of being associated with the Obamas," she added. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #
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Gold prospectors pose for a photograph at an open-pit mine in the village of Kogelo on July 15. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #
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Lynette Akinyi, a school teacher, leads a class at the Senator Obama primary school in the village of Kogeloon July 16. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #
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Seven-year-old Barack Obama, named after US President Barack Obama, walks at the Senator Obama primary school in Kogelo village on July 16. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #
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Pupils play during breaktime at the Senator Obama primary school in the village of Kogelo on July 16. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #
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A boy carries a bucket at sunset in the village of Kogelo on July 15. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #
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A woman is seen at a shop within the trading center of the village of Kogelo on July 15. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #
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The grave of US President Barack Obama's father, Barack Hussein Obama Senior, and his grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, are seen within their homestead in his ancestral village of Kogelo on, July 14. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #
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Margaret Ngesa of the Legion Maria of African Church Mission prays for the state visit of President Obama in the village of Kogelo on July 15. Ngesa, 55, said they are proud of better roads, improved security and greater business opportunities since Obama became president. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #
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Mary Adhiambo, 25, poses with her twin daughters Faith Atieno (right) and Mercy Atieno inside her house in Kogelo on July 15. Adhiambi said, "We received grants to build houses and shelter from the harsh weather as an indirect benefit from President Obama's leadership." As Obama visits Kenya, a personal connection to his father's birthplace of Kogelo dominates a trip that Kenyans view as a native son returning home. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #
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Elizabeth Aluoch has her hair done at a salon in the village of Kogelo on July 15. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #
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Men drive a donkey-cart as they carry water from a stream in the village of Kogelo on July 15. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #
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Gold prospectors work at an open-pit mine in the village of Kogelo on July 15. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #
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Boys walk home for lunch from school in the village of Kogelo on July 16. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #

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