Obama’s grandmother to cook for president on Kenya trip

obamaPresident Barack Obama’s Kenyan grandmother, known as Mama Sarah, vowed Friday to cook a traditional meal for her grandson when he visits 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 on a visit to Nairobi.

She tempted him with the offer of dishes including fish, chicken and maize porridge.

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

Mama Sarah was the third wife of US president’s paternal grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, and 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 him 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 Mama Sarah is not a blood relative, Obama calls her “granny” and has visited her in the past.

It will be Obama’s fourth visit 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 CriminalCourt has since suspended that prosecution, citing a lack of evidence and Kenya’s failure to cooperate.

After Kenya, Obama then travels on 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.

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  • Charles Ogbeide

    Secret service should test the food first before Mama Sarah would go and put kpokior

    • Ekpen Alile

      You are so stupid. How come Africans think of nothing else but evil of envy? A Benin guy like you will actually do some thing evil like that. I have to run away from Benin and stayed in Lagos last time I visited home haven been poisoned by the food I was served at a family (uncle) house. A man I gave a car free of charge. This also explain why the FOREIGNERS in the land of IGODO–MI–GODO and SONS of EKPENEDE WERE ABLE TO DOMINATE US and turned us into a minority tribe in our own fatherland.
      You must apologise immediately for the evil thought. Mama Sara has cooked for him before when he was a SENATOR and I strongly believe that home meal took him to the highest office on planet earth.

      • Charles Ogbeide

        Imagine your lousy comment! You didn’t have to insult me to make a point as you should have noticed the sarcasm in my comment! I cannot understand why u are being so silly!

        • Ekpen Alile

          If that is how you put it now, pardon my out burst. As a victim of hate related envy leading to possible attempt on my life, you will agree with me to some extent. Our AFRICAN culture should now call for love and compassion, coming together to build and not destroy.
          Just read the venom beign poured out on the internet about us NIGERIANS by us NIGERIANS everyday. Only the strong in heart and having the love of GOD can come back to cyberspace and want to contribute.
          You are my blood brother OVBIOBA, and only the calve of the LION can scratch her head. I LOVE YOU.