The Obama family is now appealing to the government to allow the body of late Grace Keziah Aoko Obama flown in from the United Kingdom(UK) to have her buried in their ancestral home in Siaya County.
Malik Obama, her first born says that despite the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, their wish is to bury Mama Grace in her ancestral home in Kogello, and not London where she died.
“Now because of COVID-19 the world is constricted, but at the end of the day we are appealing to the authorities and the government at large to grant us passage and make it easy for us to bring mama home as soon as possible,” Malik said.
He revealed that his mother had been in and out of hospital, battling Diabetes.
“Recently she had been hospitalised for about three weeks. I got word of it, I called her. In fact, that is the day granny [Mama Sarah Obama] died. She was okay at the time, she could even talk well.
“She had issues of diabetes, but these things come with age. My mother was born in 1943, so she is about 78 years old now, not 81 as had been reported earlier,” he explained.
Malik describes his mother as a jovial woman.
“She was very social, very happy woman, and I hope that wherever she is she is in the best place. Death is the will of God. I also lost my firstborn when he was about 15 years old,” he added.
the Obama’s financial appeal
The family has also launched a financial appeal to bring the body of Keziah Aoko to Kenya.
Keziah Aoko was one of the two wives of Barack Obama Senior. She is the mother of Malik, Auma Obama and Mustapha Abo.
Said Obama, an uncle to Malik, Auma and Abo, has confirmed to The Standard the authenticity of the card, saying members of the public are free to contribute.