One of the highlights of the western tourist circuit is this village which offers furnished cottages named after American states, writes HAROLD AYODO
A visit to the ancestral home of US President Barack Obama in Nyangoma village, Siaya County is a treat.
We touched down at Kisumu airport on Wednesday and proceeded to Nyangoma Kogelo sub location, South East Alego location by road.
Rapid infrastructural developments caught our attention as we took a turn off the Bondo Highway into Ndori-Ng’iya road. First, road contractors were engrossed in tarmacking the dusty Ndori-Ng’iya road that leads to the ‘First’ village.
Compared to most villages countrywide, Nyangoma has water and electricity, a source of pride to the locals.
The US President described the homestead as "the small village where my father was born’, a phrase that catapulted the village into global limelight.
Today, Nyangoma Kogelo is among must visit tourist attractions in the western tourist circuit.
The Government recently gazetted Kogelo village as a protected area under the National Museums and Heritage Act.
Majority of visitors to the area seek to see the grave where Barack Obama Snr was buried and have a chat with his surviving widow Mama Sarah Obama.
Others marvel at the two schools in the village — Senator Barack Obama Primary and Secondary School, formerly Nyangoma Primary and Kogelo Secondary — that sit on land donated by the father of the US President.