Mama Sarah Obama to be laid to rest today

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Mama Sarah Obama
Mama Sarah Obama

Mama Sarah Obama, grandmother to the former US president Barack Obama is expected to be laid to rest today at her home Kogelo in Siaya County.

Security checks at Mama Sarah Obama's home.
Photo by Nebert Wafula: Security checks at Mama Sarah Obama’s home.

Mama Sarah Obama passed on yesterday aged 99 years at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Hospital in Kisumu as confirmed by the daughter Marsat Onyango. Sarah Obama was the third and youngest wife of Barack Obama’s grandfather

Preparations ongoing for Mama Sarah Obama to be laid to rest
Photo by Nebert Wafula: Preparations ongoing for Mama Sarah Obama to be laid to rest

The former U.S. President Barack Obama yesterday took to social media to mourn his grandmother Mama Sarah Obama.In his post, Obama said she was affectionately known as “Dani”

“My family and I are mourning 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. We will miss her dearly, but we’ll celebrate with gratitude her long and remarkable life,” he wrote.

Former US President Barack Obama with the decesased grandmother Sarah Obama
Former US President Barack Obama with the deceased grandmother Sarah Obama

“Born in the first quarter of the last century, in Nyanza Province, on the shores of Lake Victoria, she had no formal schooling, and in the ways of her tribe, she was married off to a much older man while only a teen. We will miss her dearly. “ Said President Obama.

Preparations ongoing, anytime from now mama Sarah will be laid to rest
Photo by Nebert Wafula: Preparations ongoing, anytime from now mama Sarah will be laid to rest

Various leaders mourned Mama Sarah led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and the ODM party leader Raila Amollo Odinga among others.