On 24th of July, 2014, US president Barack Obama visited Kenya for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit that was being held at the UN Headquarters at Gigiri, Nairobi between 24th and 26th of July. This was his first visit to the country as the president of United States of America. However during his last visit in 2006, he toured Kibera and this time the residents had something bigger and better to push them through the day prior to his arrival. A peace keeping boxing tournament dubbed, ‘pre Obama boxing tournament was held at Kibera’s Kamukunji grounds and a concert thereafter at night. The event that unfolded throughout the day and at night was attended by a large number of Kibera residents as a way of celebrating the president’s visit to the country. I managed to capture the event shot by shot and the following photos narrates the affairs of that day.
Bryan Jaybee was born and raised in Kibera slums where he still resides. He is 22 years old and a journalism student at Multimedia University of Kenya, currently in his final year. Bryan will be sharing an insider’s view on life in Kibera every Tuesday on our blog with his photos and words. You can follow Bryan on instagram at @kiberastories for daily posts on life in Kibera.