- November 25, 2021
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Barack Obama’s aunt Hawa passes on at 80
Mama Hawa Obama, the sister to late Barack Obama Snr (former US President Barack Obama’s father) has passed on.
She died aged 80, her son Razick Amuna said while confirming her death.
According to him, she died shortly before 1am last night at his home and preparations for her burial are ongoing.
She will be buried Thursday at her home in Kokal village, Oyugis, on Thursday afternoon in line with Muslim rites.
According to her family, she had been ailing after suffering a stroke more than two years ago.
She had been admitted to Rachuonyo District Hospital for nine days after her condition deteriorated, and was discharged about five days ago.
Her death comes eight months after that of Mama Sarah Onyango Obama, the former US President’s paternal grandmother.
While alive, Mama Hawa had appealed to her famous nephew to build her a house and empower her family financially.
However, Mama Sarah once told local media that Mama Hawa should seek Obama on her own if she wanted assistance.
“I know her and I am the one who brought her up. I urge her to work hard and get resources for her livelihood. She can consult her brother’s son to get the aid she requires,” she said in a past interview.
But her son lamented that his family got no support from the former US Head of State.
“She has really suffered. My mother could not reach her nephew, the former US President, because she was illiterate. It’s just painful that we are related but there has been no support to the family. She has suffered a lot,” said Razick, a casual labourer.
“The name Obama is famous and it has caused us a lot of misery because people always imagine we have money and are doing well which is not the case,” he said.