The world was shocked to learn on Monday that Sarah Obama, Step-granny to Barack Obama, has passed away. Pronounced dead at a local hospital from natural, non-Covid-19 related causes. Family members and government officials have confirmed that she was “at least” 99 years old.
Obama family mourns matriarch
Sarah Obama, along with the rest of the family was rightfully proud of her grandson’s accomplishments. It’s not easy becoming President of the United States. Especially when you were born in Kenya.
The rumors which have been floating around for years that Sarah Obama was present at his birth, before he was smuggled out of the country to Hawaii, but that secret is safe forever now.
Affectionately known by the family tribe as Mama Sarah, she was a powerful force in local politics. She fiercely fought for girls to be allowed education and also watched out for the local orphans in her village of “Kogelo.”
Reports note that she “passed away around 4 a.m. local time while being treated at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral hospital in Kisumu.” That’s the third-largest city in Kenya.
Daughter Marsat Onyango relates that “She died this morning. We are devastated. A spokesman for the family, Sheik Musa Ismail, adds, “Mama was sick with normal diseases. She did not die of COVID-19. She had tested negative for the disease. He said she had been ill for a week before being taken to the hospital.”
Barack sends his condolences
Former president Barack Obama has been informed of his grandmother’s passing and “has sent his condolences.” The Associated Press reports, Sarah Obama will “be buried Tuesday before midday and the funeral will be held under Islamic rites.”
The entire nation is devastated by the loss of a national symbol. “The passing away of Mama Sarah is a big blow to our nation. We’ve lost a strong, virtuous woman,” President Uhuru Kenyatta eulogized. Not only was she the glue holding together the Obama clan, She was also “an icon of family values.”
Mama Sarah will be “remembered for her work to promote education to empower orphans,” the Governor of Kisumu, Anyang Nyong’o reflects. He also offered his “condolences to the people of Kogelo village” for losing a powerful ally.
“She was a philanthropist who mobilized funds to pay school fees for the orphans.” The urchins are on their own now unless the family decides to carry on her tradition.
Sarah joined the Obama family as the second wife of Barry’s grandfather. She was the one who raised Barack Obama, Sr. She used to go on endlessly about how she pedaled “the president’s father six miles to school on the back of her bicycle every day from the family’s home village of Kogelo to the bigger town of Ngiya to make sure he got the education that she never had.”
There is no doubt that for decades on end, “Sarah Obama has helped orphans, raising some in her home. The Mama Sara Obama Foundation helped provide food and education to children who lost their parents — providing school supplies, uniforms, basic medical needs, and school fees.”
When she and the rest of the family finally got to meed little Barry all grown up, “his 1988 trip to his father’s homeland” was filled with “awkwardness as they struggled to communicate which developed into a warm bond.
She attended his first inauguration as president in 2009.” In recognition “of her work to support education,” AP reports, “she was honored by the United Nations in 2014, receiving the inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Education Pioneer Award.”