The last time former President Barack Obama visited Africa was in 2017, when he was still commander-in-chief. This week, he’s headed to Kenya and South Africa. The 44th President of the United States shares on his Facebook a list of books that have helped prepare for his current trip.
President Obama posted, “I’ve often drawn inspiration from Africa’s extraordinary literary tradition. As I prepare for this trip, I wanted to share a list of books that I’d recommend for summer reading, including some from a number of Africa’s best writers and thinkers – each of whom illuminate our world in powerful and unique ways.”
In South Africa, President Obama is scheduled to speak at the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. At the event, the Obama Foundation have invited 200 young leaders from the continent of Africa.
Before South Africa, the former president has landed in Kenya praising President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga for collaborating after last year’s contended presidential election. Speaking in the Kenyan village of Kogelo, Obama launched a sports and training center founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama.
As the first African American president to serve in the Oval Office, President Obama’s list of recommendations are made for travelers who are keen to learn more about African history and culture. Check out the gallery above for a full list of must-reads to prep you for your African journey.