When the Kenyan Indian housewife faces the mountain of dinner dishes in in
the middle of harsh winter in the West, she cries out for her domestic help.
When the Kenya Indian is holed up in his home during a wet weekend, he yearns
for his former land of sunshine almost throughout the year.
Other equally powerful experiences and memories pull her or him back to
And perhaps it is the same with Obama.
He has visited Kenya three times, the last trip as a Senator.
After all, he has his extended family, including a half-brother and siblings,
among others, still living in Kenya and he would like to visit Alego, the
village in Nyanza province on the shores of Lake Victoria, his ancestral home,
very much like Kenyan Indians who have settled abroad and come to look at their
former homes with new owners to see how they have maintained or re-developed
The highest number of Kenyan Indians is in the UK where they have set up
their community organisations to interact with each other.
Curiously, they are not very comfortable with Indians from India!
Their basic command of English language is better than Indians.
Their mother tongue has a good sprinkling of Swahili words which the Indians
do not understand.
They instantly bond with each other with their Swahili greeting, ‘Jambo’.
It’s the same tale in USA, Canada or Australia or other countries.
Of course, Obama knows more than a smattering of Swahili and will make full
use during his formal speeches at the international conference he will
inaugurate and during bilateral talks on human rights and terrorism.
An editorial in Kenya’s largest newspaper, The Nation, termed this
visit of immense significance to Kenya.
"Kenya has since independence five decades ago been a close ally of the
United States, but for some reason no sitting American president has ever
visited this country.