- The former president is devastated by close loss
- She had been admitted to a hospital for a terrible condition
- Tragedy after tragedy for the former president
Barack Obama is devastated and in mourning after the heartbreaking news was released. The former president of the United States suffered a terrible loss. According to various reports, a close relative of the Democrat is expected to be buried this afternoon.
The origins of the first African-American president were the subject of controversy and political attacks during years past. Many people questioned his nationality, noting that he was born in Kenya and not in the United States, and therefore could not have been president.
Obama mourning death in his family
However, the rumors were clarified decisively. Former Democratic President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1961. He is the son of Ann Dunham, a white American mother, and Barack Obama Sr. of Kenyan descent. It is worth mentioning that Obama has family in the African country and has traveled several times to visit them, according to the BBC.
It is precisely one of those relatives who has mourned Obama. His aunt, Mama Hawa Obama, passed away at dawn on Thursday, November 25, in full Thanksgiving. According to The Sun, the aunt of one of America’s most remembered former presidents died at age 80 while at his home in Kasipul, Kenya.
Obama mourning the death of his aunt
The death of Obama’s 80-year-old aunt was recorded at 1 in the morning and was confirmed by her son, according to the aforementioned media. Two years ago, the former president’s aunt had suffered a stroke, according to the Eastern African. In addition, days before he died he had been in the hospital for nine days, according to the British newspaper The Sun.
Her health had deteriorated and she was discharged, but her death came five days later. According to the quoted outlet, Mama Hawa was married to the late chief Magak Odeka. Obama’s loss is reported months into mourning another close loss. The local Nairobi News, published alleged images of the funeral of Obama’s aunt.
Tragedy after tragedy for the former president
Earlier this year, Barack Obama, shared sad news on his social networks, for which he also mourned: his grandmother, known as “Mama Sarah” and who lived in Kenya, passed away at 99 years of age.
It was through his official Instagram account, where he is about to reach 35 million followers, that Barack Obama shared an image in which he appears accompanied by Sarah Obama, the woman he considered his grandmother and who met late eighties.
“We are going to miss her a lot”: Barack Obama
“My family and I are in mourning for the loss of our beloved grandmother, Sarah Ogwel Onyango Obama, affectionately known to many as ‘Mama Sarah’ but known to us as ‘Dani’ or Granny, commented the former US president.
In another part of his message, he shared that “Mama Sarah”, who was born in Nyanza province, on the shores of Lake Victoria, in the first quarter of the last century, did not have a formal education and, in the manner of her tribe, she married a much older man when she was just a teenager. Rest in peace.
“We are devastated”
According to information from the AP, Barack Obama’s grandmother, who promoted education for girls and orphans in her rural village of Kogelo, passed away around 4 a.m. local time while receiving treatment at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Hospital in Kisumu, the third largest Kenyan city in the west of the country.
His daughter Marsat Onyango was in charge of delivering this news: “He died this morning. We are devastated. ” For his part, Sheikh Musa Ismail, a spokesman for the family, said that “Mama Sarah” suffered from normal illnesses, but did not die of coronavirus.
Barack Obama sent his condolences
Former US President Barack Obama was informed of the death of his grandmother Sarah Obama and sent his condolences, Sheikh Musa Ismail said. She will be buried on Tuesday before noon and the funeral will be held under Islamic rites.
“The passing of Mama Sarah is a great blow to our nation. We have lost a strong and virtuous woman, a matriarch who held the Obama family together and was an icon of family values, ”said President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Obama showed him affection
Sarah Obama, affectionately known as “Mama Sarah,” was the second wife of former President Barack Obama’s grandfather and helped raise her father, Barack Obama, Sr. The family is part of the Luo ethnic group in Kenya, the AP reported.
Obama often showed her affection and referred to her as “Granny” in his biography, “My Father’s Dreams.” He described meeting her during his 1988 trip to his father’s homeland, which became a warm bond. Filed Under: Obama Mourning Death of His Aunt Mama Hawa
He was present at the swearing-in of Barack Obama
Sarah Obama attended Barack Obama’s first swearing-in as US president in 2009. Obama spoke again about his grandmother in his September 2014 speech to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.
For decades, Sarah Obama helped orphans, raising some at home. The Mama Sarah Obama Foundation helped provide food and education to children who lost their parents, providing school supplies, uniforms, basic medical necessities, and school fees. Filed Under: Obama Mourning Death of His Aunt Mama Hawa
“The man with the glasses is his father”
According to information from El País, during Obama’s trip to Kenya in the late 1980s, his grandmother told him a lot about his father and grandfather Onyango: “Look, the man with the glasses in the photo he is his father ”.
Obama’s grandfather was an authoritarian man, compliant with tribal traditions, including polygamy and beatings: “He paid the dowry of several young women, but when they were lazy or broke something, he beat them recklessly.” Filed Under: Obama Mourning Death of His Aunt Mama Hawa
Obama remembers his grandmother
In another part of his message after the death of his grandmother, Barack Obama commented that “Mama Sarah” spent the rest of her life in the small town of Alego, in a small house built with adobe and straw bricks and without electricity or pipes. interiors.
“There he raised eight children, tended his goats and chickens, grew a variety of crops and took what the family did not use to sell at the local outdoor market.” Despite not being the biological mother of Obama’s father, she raised him as her own. Filed Under: Obama Mourning Death of His Aunt Mama Hawa