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Former US President Barack Obama’s Grandmother “Mama Sarah” dies at 99

Mama Sarah Obama. [File, Standard]

NAIROBI-(MaraviPost)-Former US President Barack Obama’s grand mother “Mama Sarah” has died at the age of 99, family confirms.

Mama Sarah had been sick for a while and died while undergoing treatment at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu.

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.

Sheikh Musa Ismail Haji, Chairman of the Kisumu Muslim Association, said Mama Sarah will be buried according to Muslim religious customs at her home in Kogelo tomorrow morning (March 30).

Ward 7 at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital where the body of Sarah Obama is said to be lying. The family is in a meeting deliberating on the burial arrangements. [Kevine Omollo, Standard]

In his message of comfort, President Uhuru Kenyatta mourned the Obama family matriarch as an icon of family values and a philanthropist whose contribution to the progress of the Kenyan nation shall be dearly missed.

President Uhuru Kenyatta when he conferred the Order of the Burning Spear to Mama Sarah Obama at State House, Nairobi on April 11, 2017. [File, Standard]

Former Prime Minister and ODM leader Raila Odinga has mourned Mama Sarah as a “matriarch who lived ahead of her time” and “a symbol of the resilience and confidence of the African woman with a unique capacity to face the challenges of life.”

The late Mama Sarah’s home in Kogelo. [Olivia Odhiambo, Standard]

Kisumu Governor Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o described her as a motherly figure to many and a philanthropist who helped to mobilize funds to pay school fees for many and vulnerable children. She also supported many widows.

Source: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke

Lloyd M’bwana
Lloyd M’bwanahttps://www.maravipost.com
I'm a Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resource (LUANAR)'s Environmental Science graduate (Malawi) and UK's ICM Journalism and Media studies scholar. Also University of Malawi (UNIMA) Library Science Scholar. I have been The Malawi Country Manager and duty editor for the Maravi Post since 2019. My duty editor’s job is to ensure that the news is covered properly, that it is delivered on time, and that it is created to the standards set out in the editorial guidelines of the Maravi Post.
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