Obama to host 18 African nations’ 50th independence celebration
US president Barack Obama whose father was from Kenya will be hosting next August a major event to celebrate the 50 years of independence of eighteen African countries, according to US sources.
“Not only will it mark the 50th independence anniversary but it will also be a moment to look ahead and invite young leaders from each of the 18 countries to discuss about the future”, added the sources.
The event is scheduled for the first week of August in Washington.
President Obama’s father went to college in the US on a scholarship and then returned to Kenya to work, following the country’s independence.
However according to Obama, as a child, he recalled that his father died disillusioned because of the limited freedom and rights in Kenya following the end of the British colonial period.
Obama in a recent statement said that “50 years later we want to make sure that it works” underlining that development must be based on facts and evidence to determine which methods are effective and which should be discarded.