Retired Neurosurgeon and US Republican Presidential Candidate, Dr. Ben Carson is set to visit the continent of his ancestral origin this month.
Dr. Carson, 64, who is the author of best-selling book ‘Gifted Hands’ and also a front-runner in the US presidential race, announced on Monday that he will embark on a foreign policy trip to Africa which will last for about a week, beginning December 27. He said he will be visiting three African countries, which include Kenya, Zambia and Nigeria.
According to him, US foreign policy in Africa is extremely important and witnessing foreign policy first hand is considerably different from settling for what he called “filtered information.”
“I think a lot of our policy in the future is going to affect Africa,” he maintained.
Speaking to popular U.S radio host, Hugh Hewitt, on why he chose Kenya, Zambia and Nigeria, Carson said it is because of his ancestral roots in the Kenya-Tanzania region and the strategic importance of these countries. His trip to Zambia will include a visit to the previously co-joined Banda twins, who he successfully separated surgically in 1997, and earned global recognition. In Nigeria, he hopes to access the Boko Haram situation firsthand, while also visiting a medical school named after him.
“But I’m going to those three countries in particular because my ancestors are from the Kenya-Tanzania region, the Turkana tribe. I’ve had all of that traced back.”
As expected, Ben Carson’s visit to Africa has generated so much buzz, considering his high status in the US GOP polls and mostly because of his claims of a deeper concern towards socio-economic activities in Africa. The announcement has also been received, particularly in his ancestral home, Kenya, with considerable excitement.
It should be recalled that Dr. Carson made a ‘surprise’ trip to Jordan last week, where he visited the Azraq refugee camp in the north of the country.
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