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Why Obama needs a ‘Simba’ in Kogelo
By Jared Ochieng | Updated Oct 05, 2018 at 19:15 EAT
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Former US President Obama in Kogelo
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Former US President Barack Obama definitely needs a 'simba', a man's dwelling place, in his father's homestead

A man flowing with prominence of his stature inevitably deserves more attachment to his homeland

Former US President Barack Obama definitely needs a 'simba', a man's dwelling place, in his father's homestead.

A man flowing with prominence of his stature inevitably deserves more attachment to his homeland.

According to customs and traditions of the Luo, a man is expected to build a house in his father's homestead. It's unheard of that a young Luo man should marry while staying in his mother's home.

I have twice watched Obama's motorcade speed to Kogelo with a superfluous dignity. For instance, most recently, when the former most powerful man on earth visited Kogelo to open Obama Senior Foundation, I had abated breaths.

What if he decided to spend a night there? Would he spend at a hotel? And why would a man, whether revered or less regarded, book a hotel for a sleepover when his father's home is yonder?

Needless to say, Mama Sarah Obama has an extensive piece of land would not hesitate to grant her grandson a portion even if she owned an acre or less.

When our own son with roots in Kenya, an African soil, was at the helm of power, much predictions of impending fortunes to shower Africa as a whole were rumored and whispered from hearth to hearth.

Personally I foresaw a stylish house, Obama's, erecting somewhere close to mama Sarah's main entrance gate.

I speculated Kogelo villagers stare at the superstar's dwelling place with pride but no I was wrong. Mine was a mere surmounting building of castles in the air.

With a house in Kogelo, Obama can come to Kenya and proceed to the village unannounced after all does a man need to send a signal that he is coming to his own house?

The Kogelo potential suitors should be waking up only to be welcomed by sight of Malia and Sasha emerging from their village house, and generously puff greetings to them over the fence.

In a nutshell, I appeal to former US President Barack Obama to tuck my pleas under his pillow and wake up with a decision to construct a house in Kogelo.

He should consider bringing forth Malia and Sasha for Kogelo youngsters have all what it takes to make them feel at home. 

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