Mama Sarah Obama dies at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Referral Hospital

Mama Sarah Obama
Mama Sarah Obama. [Photo: Star]

Mama Sarah Obama, grandmother of former US President Barrack Obama is dead.

Mama Sarah died early Monday morning while receiving treatment at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Referral Hospital in Kisumu.

It is not yet clear what illness she succumbed to.

She was 99 years old.

ODM leader Raila Odinga eulogized Mama Sarah as a matriarch who held her family together many years after her husband’s death.

“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.

“In between, she 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 @BarackObama‘s rise to promote the education of girls and fight social ills through her Foundation…Mama @IdaOdinga and I pass our sincere condolences to the Obama family,” Raila’s tribute read.

Her burial has been set for Tuesday going her Islam tradition.

Tributes from different leaders continue to pour in for the fallen hero whose support for education in Siaya left an indelible mark of progress in young lives.