There was a big turnout of allies of the Kenyan president in Kisumu, the country's third largest city, for the pan-African Africities summit. It was one of his last opportunities to score a diplomatic success before the end of his second and final term, as well as a chance to exert his influence on the imminent presidential election.
The presidential candidate is facing pressure from Mombasa County's business leaders, who want assurances that one of them will become a governor there, putting Odinga, who wants to avoid having to choose between long-time political and financial supporters, in a bind.
Richard Ngatia, head of the Kenyan Chamber of Commerce, is carrying out an intense diplomatic campaign as he bids to become governor of Nairobi. He is already influential in East Africa but is also strengthening his ties in the Gulf as he promises jobs for young voters.
Back in Kenya after a week in the UK, presidential candidate Raila Odinga has been giving attention to his foreign policy credentials. To attract the favours of the West, he has highlighted Kenya's role as a peacemaker in the Horn of Africa, a region riven by civil wars and political crises.