Sarah Hussein Onyango Anyango Ogwel Obama (1922) She was the primary caregiver for Barack Obama Sr. after his mother, Akuma, left the family when her children were still young.
Sarah is the truth teller in the family. She is the one that originally said that she was present when Barack Obama Jr. was born in Kenya.
She lives in Nyang'oma Kogelo village, 30 miles west of western Kenya's main town, Kisumu, on the edge of Lake Victoria.
Although she is not a blood relation, Barack Obama calls her "Granny Sarah". Sarah, who speaks Luo and only a few words of English, communicates with President Obama through an interpreter.
On July 4, 2008, Sarah Obama attended the United States Independence Day celebrations in Nairobi, hosted by Michael Ranneberger, the US ambassador in Kenya.
During the US presidential campaign, she protested attempts to portray Obama as a foreigner to the United States or as a Muslim, saying that while Obama's grandfather had been a Muslim, "In the world of today, children have different religions from their parents." Sarah Obama is "a strong believer of the Islamic faith", in her words.
In May, 2010 The Great Lakes University of Kisumu (GLUK) conferred a honorary Doctorate of Letters on Grandma Sarah. She is now to be known as Dr. Sarah Obama.
In November 2013, Sarah Obama received an award from the United Nations for the work of an education foundation that she heads.
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