Barack Obama paid homage to his “loving” grandmother, who passed away at 99.
Sarah Ogwel Onyanho, affectionately known as “Mama Sarah” by many and “Dani” by Barack, was born and raised in Kenya. “She raised eight children, tended to her goats and chickens, grew an assortment of crops, and took what the family didn’t use to sell at the local open-air market.”
Sarah was born in 1922 and was the third wife of Hussein Onyango Obama, Barack’s paternal grandpa. She nurtured and took care of Barack’s father, although he was not her kid. This love she had made Barack have a soft spot for her as his grandmother.
Upon hearing the news that she had passed away, Barack Obama paid homage to his “beloved” grandma. He revealed that it was due to her support and love that his dad was able to attend university in the United States.
“When I first traveled to Kenya to learn more about my heritage and father, who had passed away by then, it was Granny who served as a bridge to the past, and it was her stories that helped fill a void in my heart,” he posted alongside a picture of Sarah and him as a young man.