Barack Hussein Obama, I

Barack Hussein Obama, I

Kisumu, Kenya
Death 24 Nov 1982 (aged 46)
Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
Burial Kisumu, Kenya
Memorial ID 128903599 · View Source
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Kenyan senior governmental economist and the father of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America.

Barack Hussein Obama was born in Rachuonyo District on the shores of Lake Victoria just outside Kendu Bay, Kenya Colony, at the time a colony of the British Empire to Onyango (later Hussein) Obama and Habiba Akumu Nyanjango of Karabondi, Kenya. He was raised in the village of Nyang'oma Kogelo, Siaya District, Nyanza Province. His family are members of the Luo ethnic group.

In 1954 at age 18, Obama married Kezia Aoko in a tribal ceremony in Kenya. They had two children, Malik (a.k.a. Roy) and Auma, during the early years of their marriage.

He took two more wives. In 1960 while studying at the University of Hawai'i on a special program, he met and dated Stanley Ann Dunham, an American woman. She became pregnant and they married in early 1961; their son Barack II was born in August 1961. They later separated and divorced in 1964.

He attended Harvard University and the University of Hawaii.

Obama went to Harvard University for a doctoral program in economics, but left the university with a master's degree. At Harvard he started dating Ruth Beatrice Baker, a Jewish American woman. She went with him to Kenya in 1964. They married late that year and had two sons, Mark and David. The couple separated in 1971 and divorced.

In Kenya, Obama reconnected with his first wife Kezia, and she had two sons after his return, Abo (b. 1968) and Bernard (b. 1970), believed to be his children. It was still culturally acceptable for successful men in Kenya to take multiple wives.

The senior Obama fathered his last son George in 1982 with Jael Otinyo. The boy was about six months old when Obama was killed in a car accident. He was reared by his mother, who later remarried; his stepfather cared for him as well.

Obama's continuing conflict with Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta destroyed his career. He came under suspicion after Tom Mboya was assassinated in 1969, as Obama had been a protege of his. Kenyatta fired Obama, who was blacklisted in Kenya and found it impossible to get work. By the time Obama visited his son in Hawaii in 1971, he had a bad leg from the 1970 accident.

Obama later lost both legs in a second serious automobile accident, and subsequently lost his job. His life deteriorated as he struggled with poverty and drinking. He never recovered his former standing during his last decade. His friend Philip Ochieng, a journalist of the Kenya newspaper, Daily Nation, has described Obama's difficult personality and drinking problems. In 1982, Obama had a relationship with Jael Otinyo and with her fathered his last son, named George Obama. Six months after George's birth, Obama died in a car crash in Nairobi. He was interred in his native village of Nyang'oma Kogelo, Siaya District. His funeral was attended by ministers Robert Ouko, Peter Oloo-Aringo, and other prominent political figures.

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