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Obama Says Africa Must Attack Corruption, Tribalism to Grow

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobi on July 26, 2015.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobi on July 26, 2015.

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President Barack Obama gave Africa a lecture on obstacles of corruption, tribalism and gender discrimination holding back the continent in the midst of a visit celebrating the region’s emerging economic dynamism.

Obama delivered the message at an indoor arena filled with thousands of young people Sunday in Kenya, the ancestral homeland of his father. The setting underscored the U.S. president’s personal ties to the continent, as did an introduction by his Kenyan-born half-sister, Auma Obama, who told the audience, “He’s one of us.”