Oprah Winfrey, Aliko Dangote in Barrack Obama's Delegation for Kenya Trip

  • Details have emerged on a 350-strong delegation set to accompany former United States President Barrack Obama on his planned visit to Kenya on July 16.

    The delegation is comprised of prominent personalities, businessmen, diplomats, lawyers, sportsmen and friends.

    According to The Star, among them are legendary talk show host Oprah Winfrey and Africa's richest man, Nigerian tycoon Aliko Dangote.

    They will leave for South Africa, where Oprah also runs a school for girls, the next day as Obama is lined up to deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg.

    Speculation has been swirling in American media outlets over the past few months that Oprah plans to run for the Presidency on a Democratic Party ticket in 2020.

    [caption caption="Barrack Obama in Kibera, Nairobi in 2006"][/caption]

    This will be her first ever visit to Kenya.

    According to the report, golfer John Simba is expected to play a round of golf with the former US President.

    Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi and Senegalese artist and philanthropist Akon are also part of the delegation.

    Others include NBA Africa senior director Will Mbiakop and Axel Bachmann, the general manager for sustainability at Coca Cola.

    Obama will be in Kenya for a tightly-scheduled one day visit that will see him launch his sister Auma Obama's Sauti Kuu NGO in K'ogelo, Siaya County.

    He will also be hosted for an event by Siaya Governor Cornell Rasanga where Suzanna Owiyo will perform.

    Obama is also scheduled to meet President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition boss Raila Odinga.

    Reports indicate that State House is considering giving him a special honor for the fame and recognition he has brought to Kenya. 

    [caption caption="Barrack Obama in Nairobi in 1987"][/caption]