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How Obama’s Grandmother Plans To Host U.S. President In Kenya

Posted: Jul 3, 2015 at 3:17 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

PRESIDENT Barack Obama’s Kenyan grandmother, popularly known as Mama Sarah, said on Friday July 3, 2015 that she will cook a traditional meal for her grandson who will visit the East African nation, the birthplace of his father, later this month.

“With regards to what food I will prepare for Barack on his visit, I will prepare all the traditional food available,” she said, speaking her Luo language through a translator during a visit to Nairobi.

Sara said she would offer the American president some delicacies, including fish, chicken and maize porridge.

“It does not matter whether Barack is a senator or a president,” she said, adding, “He will have what I have prepared for him.”

Sarah, the third wife of US president’s paternal grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, lives in the small village of Kogelo in western Kenya, which is home to a number of the president’s relatives.

She said she had asked Obama to travel to Kogelo “to pay respect to his father’s grave”, but it was not clear if Obama was scheduled to travel outside the capital Nairobi.

Obama’s late father was born in Kogelo and grew up there before travelling abroad to study, where he met Obama’s American mother in Hawaii.

Although Sarah is not a blood relative, Obama calls her “granny” and had visited her in the past.

The planned visit would be Obama’s fourth to Africa since becoming US president, but his first to Kenya since taking office in 2009.

A presidential visit to Kenya had been put on ice while President Uhuru Kenyatta faced charges of crimes against humanity for his role in 2007-2008 post-election violence.

The International Criminal Court has since suspended that prosecution, citing a lack of evidence and Kenya’s failure to cooperate.

After Kenya, Obama will travel to neighbouring Ethiopia, where he will become the first sitting American leader to visit. Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa also hosts the headquarters of the African Union, the 54-nation continental bloc.

Africa’s second most populous nation held a vote in May that was described by many independent observers as flawed.

Ethiopia and Kenya have both been on the frontline of the fight against Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-allied militia Shebab, and have been important security partners to Washington.