NAIROBI – American President Obama’s grandmother from Kenya, known as “Mama Sarah” declared on Friday that she cook a traditional meal for her grandson when he visits the birthplace of his father in east Africa later this month.
Mama Sarah said, speaking her “Luo language” through a translator on a visit to Nairobi, “With regards to what food I will prepare for Barack on his visit, I will prepare all the traditional food available.”
She tempted his grandson Obama with the offer of dishes she cooked including fish, chicken and maize porridge.
She also said “It does not matter whether Barack is a senator or a president,” she added. “He will have what I have prepared for him.”
Obama’s grandmother 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 also mentions that she had asked him to travel to Kogelo “to pay respect to his father’s grave”, but it was not clear if Obama was planned to travel outside the capital Nairobi.
Although Mama Sarah is not his blood relative, but 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.
After Kenya, president Obama then travels on to neighboring 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.
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