Oprah Winfrey, Akon, Aliko Dangote Among Star Studded Line Up Accompanying Obama to K’ogelo


Oprah Winfrey, a likely Democratic Party candidate for Presidency in 2020, is among the star studded line up of celebrities and notables, who will accompany former US President Barrack Obama to K’ogelo on July 16.

The high flying guests are set to attend the launch of Sauti Kuu, a project pioneered by Obama’s sister Dr Auma.

Before heading to K’Ogelo, the Obama contingent will pay a courtesy call on President Uhuru Kenyatta and meet Opposition leader Raila Odinga in a tightly scheduled one-day visit.

The Star Newspaper is reporting that State House is considering honouring Obama for the role he played in putting Kenya on the world map.

Sources close to the family told the Star yesterday that Obama’s team will include professionals, celebrities, philanthropists, clergy, activists, top lawyers, businessmen, diplomats and friends.

This will be Oprah’s first visit to Kenya.

The media mogul’s fortune hit a record $4 billion (Sh400 billion) on Monday to make her the first black woman entrepreneur on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the world’s 500 richest people. She’s at 494.

Oprah will accompany Obama to his father’s rural home of K’Ogelo and attend a charity golf tournament in Muthaiga for the new NGO, the Sauti Kuu Foundation.

Well-known businessman and golfer John Simba is to play a round of golf with Obama.

The former US President is to travel to South Africa to deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg on July 17 .

US-based Senegalese musician Akon is also in delegation, together with Zimbabwe’s music maestro Oliver Mutukudzi who will be travelling with his daughter Samona.

Others in the entourage are NBA Africa senior director Will Mbiakop and billionaire Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangote.