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East Africa

President Obama's Africa Trip in Photos

The U.S. president visits his father's home country for the first time since 2006.

By Alison Elkin

President Obama's first trip since 2006 to Kenya, the birthplace of his father, stoked pride and high expectations among many citizens—even as it underscored that the first U.S. commander-in-chief of African descent had emphasized the Middle East and Asia more than the continent in his foreign policy.

Over the five-day trip to East Africa, which took him to Kenya and Ethiopia, Obama dined with relatives, announced new commitments to women's and youth entrepreneurship, discussed terrorism, and urged African leaders to embrace gay rights.

Read more about Obama's trip here.

With assistance from Ben Brody.

  1. Family reunion
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    Family reunion

    President Obama sits alongside his step-grandmother, Mama Sarah, and half-sister, Auma Obama, during a gathering of family at his hotel in Nairobi on July 24.

  2. Catching a glimpse
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    Catching a glimpse

    People standing outside an electronics shop watch the television broadcast of the president's speech in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi on July 25.

  3. Top billing
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    Top billing

    A man walks past a billboard of Obama and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi on July 25. 

  4. A toast
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    A toast

    Obama raises a toast during a state dinner hosted by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi on July 25.

  5. Powered up
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    Powered up

    Obama talks with Michael Wanyonyi, CEO and founder of Mibawa Suppliers, at the Power Africa Innovation Fair, an initiative to increase the number of people with access to power in sub-Saharan Africa, on July 25.

  6. For sale
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    For sale

    People pass by a shop selling T-shirts bearing images of Obama in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi on July 25.

  7. Namesakes
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    Two mothers in Nairobi hold their newborn babies, one named Michelle after first lady Michelle Obama and one named Obama after the president, on July 26.

  8. 'Welcome home'
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    'Welcome home'

    A Kenyan stands in front of a placard depicting Obama as he waits for his arrival near the Kasarani Safaricom Sports Stadium in Nairobi on July 26.

  9. Hellos and bouquets
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    Hellos and bouquets

    The president receives flowers upon his at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on July 26.

  10. Opening ceremony
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    Opening ceremony

    The president reviews Ethiopian troops during a welcoming ceremony at the National Palace in Addis Ababa on July 27.

  11. Hello, Lucy
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    Hello, Lucy

    Obama touches a bone fragment of “Lucy,” who was estimated to have lived 3.2 million years ago, alongside Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (right) and Zeresenay Alemseged (second left), head of the California Academy of Sciences, prior to a State Dinner at the National Palace in Addis Ababa on July 27.

  12. Having a laugh
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    Having a laugh

    Obama laughs at the hair nets the members of the press have to wear during a tour of Faffa Food, which produces low-cost and high-protein foods, with the help of Feed the Future in Addis Ababa on July 28.

  13. Listening in
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    Listening in

    African leaders listen to Obama as he delivers a speech at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa on July 28.

  14. That's a wrap
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    That's a wrap

    Obama delivers a speech at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa on July 28.