Step-grandmother of the former U.S. president Barrack Obama,Mama Sarah Obama is dead.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Sarah Obama, the matriarch of former U.S. President Barack Obama’s Kenyan family has died, relatives and officials confirmed but did not disclose the cause of death.She was at least 99 years old. Mama Sarah, as the step-grandmother of the former U.S. president was fondly called, was a philanthropist who promoted education for girls and orphans.
She passed away while being treated at a hospital in Kisumu, Kenya’s third-largest city in the country’s west. Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o offered his condolences to the people of Kogelo village for losing a matriarch and said she will be remembered for her work to promote education to empower orphans.
Mama Sarah had been sick for a while and died while undergoing treatment at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu.
Kenyans on Monday woke up to the news of Mama Sarah Obama’s (pictured) death.
She was the grandmother of former US President Barack Obama.
ODM leader Raila Odinga remembered Sarah as a matriarch, saying she single-handedly kept the family going long after her husband departed.
“In between, she became a symbol of the resilience and confidence of the African woman with a unique capacity to face the challenges of life. She utilised her grandson President Barack Obama’s success to promote girls’ education and fight social ills through her Foundation.”
She was the third wife of Hussein Obama and she died at the age of 99.
Mama Sarah was a strong believer of the Islamic faith.
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