Harambee! Cultural Highlights from President Obama's Historic Visit to East Africa

President Obama became the first US President to visit Kenya

President Obama became the first US President to visit Kenya and Ethiopia during his July 2015 trip to East Africa. The president spoke to large crowds of Kenyans and also to the African Union in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.

Throughout the visit, President Obama showed off his knowledge of East African culture and conveyed characteristics of unity and diversity that Unieros promotes.

Here are some of the highlights from Kenyan culture that Obama showcased.

Habari zenu?

Kenya is a culturally diverse country with multiple languages spoken that including the official languages Swahili and English. Habar zenu? means how are you?


Harambee is Kenya's motto and means "Let us all pull together" in Swahili. Kenya became a nation on December 12, 1963. The country has diverse ethnic tribes, religions including Christians, Hindus, and Muslims.

"We are all part of one tribe. The human tribe," said President Obama to an audience in Kenya.

Asante Sana

Means thank you in Swahili.

Lipala dance

In Kenya's capital Nairobi, the President danced the lipala, a traditional dance. Lipala dance regained its popularity in night clubs due to band Sauti Sol.

Watch below the full speech below.

List of Chicago Summer Ethnic Festivals 2015

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Chicago Summer Ethnic Festival 2015
The City of Chicago has diverse summer festivals that reflect a variety of cultures from around the world. Every month this late Spring and Summer in neighborhoods across Chicago are festivals to explore and enjoy a world cultures, world music, ethnic foods and ethnic cultural traditions.

Below are list of the Chicago ethnic summer festivals in 2015.


May 2

Polish Constitution Day Parade

May 5

Cinco de May Festival Little Village

May 14-22

Israeli Jazz and World Music Festival 2015

May 16

Skokie Festival of Cultures

May 28-31

Maifest German Fest Lincoln Square

May 29-31

Fiesta del Taco


June 5-7

Taste of Mexico

June 17

Thai Festival Chicago

June 18-21

Fiesta Puertoriquenas

June 19-21

Oakley Festa Pasto

June 27

Dragon Boat Race in Chinatown


July 10

Chicago Irish Festival

July 10-12
Old Town School Folk and Roots Festival

July 10-12
Ruido Fest in Pilsen

July 18-19

Celebrate Clark Street Festival

July 18-19

El Gran Festival Colombiano Chicago


August 7-9

Japanese Ginza Holiday Festival

August 14-16

Festival Cubano

August 15

India Independence Parade

August 15-16

Reggae Fest Chicago

August 14-16

Pakistan Independence Parade

August 22-23

Taste of Greece

August 23-25

Albany Park World Fest


September 11-22, 2015

World Music Festival Chicago 2015

September 12, 2015

Pilsen Mexican Independence Parade

September 13, 2015

German Day Festival Chicago 2015

September 13, 2015

26th Street Little Village Mexican Independence Parade

September 13, 2015

Guatemalan Parade