Former US president Barack Obama’s Grandmother Mama Sarah Obama is dead.
According to the family, Mama Sarah died on Monday morning at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Hospital in Kisumu aged 99 years.
She had been admitted to the ICU for diabetes management.
Mama Sarah had been battling diabetes for some time and she has been in and out of various hospitals in Kisumu and Siaya.
Her death was confirmed by the hospital CEO Dr George Rae.
“In the passing of Mama Sarah Obama, we have lost a matriarch who lived ahead of her time. She single-handedly kept the family going long after the husband departed,” said ODM leader Raila Odinga.
Mama Sarah became a symbol of the Resilience and Confidence of the African woman with a unique capacity to face the challenges of life.
“She utilized her grandson President Barack Obama’s rise to promote the education of girls and fight social ills through her Foundation. Mama Ida and I pass our sincere condolences to the Obama family,” added Raila.