US Republican presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, will from December 27th, 2015 begin a tour of some African countries, that will see him visit Nigeria for the first time.
The 64-year-old retired neurosurgeon, told a U.S. talk radio host, Hugh Hewitt on Monday, that he will visit Kenya, Zambia and Nigeria for a week, starting December 27.
He said he will visit Kenya because of his ancestral connections to the area, noting that, “my ancestors are from the Kenya-Tanzania region, the Turkana tribe.”
“I’ve had all of that traced back,” he added.
In addition to Kenya, Carson said he will visit Zambia because of his connection to formerly conjoined twins Joseph and Luka Banda. Carson was famously part of a surgical team that successfully separated them in 1997.
“They were joined at the top of the head facing in opposite directions almost 18 years ago and this is the year they graduate from high school,” he told the radio show.
In Nigeria he will visit a medical school named after him (Babcock University Medical School), and will seek to learn about the Nigerian economy as well as the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
“I want to get an idea from the people what the effects of the Boko Haram are, what people are thinking, to see what the economic situation is there,” he said.
Carson said that being able to “see things firsthand” will help him “make decisions based on real information as opposed to filtered information.”
“I think a lot of our policy in the future is going to affect Africa,” he declared.
Meanwhile, some Kenyans have expressed excitement about the prospect of another American president with Kenyan roots, some others however, quickly pointed out that the Turkana people traditionally live in Kenya’s northwest — far from the country’s border with Tanzania.