BBC – Barack Obama’s step-grandmother, Sarah Obama, has died at a hospital in Kenya at the age of 99.
She was affectionately called Granny Sarah by the former president.
Mrs. Obama defended her grandson during his 2008 presidential campaign, when he was said to be Muslim and not born in the US.
Her home became a tourist attraction when he was elected as the first black US president.
Sarah Obama was the third and youngest wife of Barack Obama’s grandfather.
She died early on Monday at a hospital in the western town of Kisumu, her daughter Marsat Onyango told Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper.
A family spokesman said Mrs. Obama had been unwell for a week, but did not have Covid-19.
She will be buried later on Monday.
Before her grandson became a household name, Sarah Obama was well known for the hot porridge and doughnuts she served at a local school, AFP reports.
She became more widely known when Mr. Obama visited Kenya in 2006 …
Her husband, who died in 1975, fought for the British in Burma, now called Myanmar, and is reported to be the first man in his village to swap goatskin clothing for trousers …
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