Your are here  » Home   » Business

Keziah Obama: My life with Obama Senior

Updated Tue, November 11th 2008 at 00:00 GMT +3

By John Oywa

Barack Obama’s stepmother broke her silence on her life with the Senator’s father, on a day the US President-elect and his wife, Michelle, were treated to a visit of the White House.

Grace Keziah Obama, 67, who now lives in Bracknell, UK, but is currently visiting with the rest of the family in Kogelo, says her late husband, also known as Barack Obama, was a loving man with a taste of the good things in life. He also spoke his mind and liked the truth.

Speaking to The Standard at her house in Kogelo, Keziah narrated how she met Obama Senior at a village dance party deep in the rugged plains of Karachuonyo.

She was only 16 and attending school then and had no idea that the young man courting her would one day father the future president of the most powerful nation on earth. Keziah says Obama Senior was so handsome and stylish that she could not resist his advances that Christmas night in 1956.

"He asked to dance with me during the party and I could not turn him down. He picked me from several girls present. A few days later, I married him," Keziah says, her face beaming with nostalgia.

"He paid 14 cows as dowry which were delivered in two batches. This was because he loved me greatly," she says.

As she spoke, Obama was to meet US President George W Bush in the White House for consultations ahead of his inauguration on January 20. First Lady Laura was to show Michelle around their soon-to-be residence.

Obama made history by winning the US elections on November 4, becoming the first African-American to serve in the Oval Office.

And back in Kogelo, Keziah was telling this reporter about her first meeting with Obama Senior.

Apparently, Obama Senior had gone visiting his relatives in Karachuonyo in South Nyanza when he met her at the party. He was the first-born son of Mzee Hussein Onyango.

Grace Keziah Obama: When I look at my stepson (US President-elect) he reminds me of his father. [PHOTO: TITUS MANALA/STANDARD]

Now, 52 years on, Keziah looks back at her days with Obama Senior with a sense of amusement at the turn of events that would later shape their lives.

No dull moment

She first met her stepson, US President-elect Barack Obama, when he visited Kogelo village in 1988. Keziah says she was "delighted to see him" and that they have since communicated on a number of occasions.

"When I look at my stepson (US President-elect Obama) he reminds me of his father. They share very many characteristics. Like father, like son, I would say," she says.

"He was forthright and loved the truth. This is what I am seeing in his son," Keziah says, adding that just like Barack, his father was a great speaker, out-going, colourful and intelligent.

"I never had a dull moment with him. He liked fun and loved good things. This is why I was not surprised when I heard that he had married a second wife in the US," she quips.

GO TO PAGE 1 2 3 Next »

Branding Voice



latest News


Trending Now

KTN News Live Stream


Entertainment News