Barack Obama's beloved grandmother passed away at the age of 99. A strong and courageous woman who fought for women and her people
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Barack Obama shared a moving post on Instagram. A photo that portrays him very young, happy and smiling next to his "Granny", the grandmother Sarah Ogwel Onyango Obama who he loved so much and who passed away in the past few hours in the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga hospital in Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya .
“Mamah Sarah”, as everyone in the family affectionately called her, was 99 years old. According to the family spokesman Sheikh Musa Ismail, the woman had been unwell for a week already. And so a woman who has represented so much, not only for the Obama family and for the former President of the United States of America, but also for his people, passed away in silence.
And it is Barack Obama himself who tells on Instagram the highlights of the life of Mama Sarah, that grandmother who gave him so much and who was a great example for him. Born in the Nyanza province on the shores of Lake Victoria, she was uneducated and raised in the ways of the Luo tribe. A life that is not at all simple, as it is for most young African women. Mama Sarah got married while still a teenager with Barack Obama's grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, a man much older than her and who already had many children. She lived with him in the tiny village of Alego in a mud and brick house. No electricity, no running water.
In spite of everything, grandmother Sarah raised a large family by taking care of the house, animals and the harvest. And she was far-sighted, far more than her adopted children could imagine. She has always pushed and encouraged them to follow their dreams and with a thousand sacrifices in the end she managed to assure them the education that she had not been granted. “Grandma raised my father as her own – wrote the former President – and it was partly thanks to her love and encouragement that she was able to defy the odds and do well enough in school to get a scholarship to attend an American university ".
Mama Sarah has been a point of reference for her entire family. His life was almost a century long, which saw many events and changes around the world such as "the world war, the liberation movements, the moon landings and the advent of the computer age," he wrote. Obama. But above all, he saw his beloved nephew make history and become the first President of the United States of America of African American origin alongside his splendid wife Michelle.
On the occasion of her first official trip to Kenya as President, the wonderful Mama Sarah has become famous all over the world. He has known a popularity that he would never have expected and that he knew how to exploit for the good of his people. Sarah Obama has struggled to ensure education and education for Kenyan women and children, worrying about the weakest and the rights they are denied. "Education is everything", the splendid grandmother of Africa always repeated.
“His essential spirit – strong, proud, hardworking, indifferent to prestige and full of common sense and good humor – has never changed,” wrote a moved Barack. "We will miss him very much, but we will celebrate his long and extraordinary life with gratitude." And certainly the people they fought so hard for will do the same.
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