She was the grandmother of Barack Obama, the former President of the United States.
Mama Sarah Obama. [File, standard]
Mama Sarah had been ill for a while and died while receiving treatment at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu.
She was Hussein Obama’s third wife and died at the age of 99.
Sheikh Musa Ismail Haji, chairman of the Kisumu Muslim Association, said Mama Sarah would be buried tomorrow morning (March 30th) at her home in Kogelo according to Muslim religious practices.
Ward 7 at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital, where Sarah Obama’s body is said to be. The family is in a meeting to discuss burial modalities. [Kevine Omollo, Standard]
In his message of consolation, President Uhuru Kenyatta mourned the matriarch of the Obama family as an icon of family values and a philanthropist whose contribution to the progress of the Kenyan nation is deeply missed.
President Uhuru Kenyatta presenting the Order of the Burning Spear to Mama Sarah Obama on April 11, 2017 at the State House in Nairobi. [File, standard]
Former Prime Minister and ODM leader Raila Odinga mourned Mama Sarah as « a matriarch who was ahead of her time » and « a symbol of the resilience and confidence of the African woman with a unique ability to self to face the challenges of life « .
In the death of Mama Sarah Obama, we lost a matriarch who was ahead of her time. She single-handedly kept the family going long after the husband left. pic.twitter.com/v2AxeNKw6N
– Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) March 29, 2021
Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang ‘Nyong’o described her to many as a mother figure and a philanthropist who helped raise funds for paying school fees for to mobilize many and vulnerable children. She also supported many widows.
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