By Reuben Olita
in Kogelo, Western Kenya
THE Kenyan government has launched a study to document the lineage of US President Barack Obama.
The government last Tuesday said the decision to trace Obamaâ€™s cultural roots was in honour of the former Illinois senator, whose father, Barack Hussein Obama Sr, hailed from Kogelo village in Nyanza Province.
Kenya National Archives director John Mâ€™Reria told excited villagers in Kogelo that the study will trace Obamaâ€™s roots from the first Luo during the communityâ€™s migration from Sudan.
â€œWe are looking for the basics of Obamaâ€™s culture down the River Nile from Sudan by gathering information from the Luo community in Kogelo and South Nyanza, official records and from history books, especially on the Luo migration,â€ he said.
Mâ€™Reria said his department would come up with the draft on Obamaâ€™s family tree, which would be adopted by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture.
In a related development, the Kenyan government said the Obama cultural week that run from January 16-20 will be celebrated annually at Kogelo.
Silvers Anami, the national culture director, also said the Obama Cultural Centre will be a modern facility that will showcase the countryâ€™s tourist destinations.
Obama has visited Kogelo thrice. His first visit was in 1983, a year after his father died in a road accident.
He returned to Kogelo in 1995, accompanied by his wife, Michelle.
Obamaâ€™s last visited the village in 2006 as Illinois senator.