ISBN 9789966560391
Pages 162
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Published 2015
Publisher East African Educational Publishers, Kenya
Format Paperback

Obama Senior. A Dream Fulfilled

by Fredrick Donde

On January 20, 2009, Barack Hussein Obama made history as the first African-American president of the United States of America since its founding in 1776. Around the world, people celebrated his election as if he were one of their own and held exceedingly high expectations of his presidency.

When, as senator of Illinois, he visited his father's village in Nyang'oma K'Ogelo in Kenya, he was struck by the ecstatic reception that the people accorded him. He was deeply touched by the abject poverty and fullness of spirit of the people. The level of need and the challenges that he witnessed in the poor neighbourhoods of Chicago in the US, in Indonesia and Kenya may have significantly contributed to his spirited drive to the White House.

In this book, the author re-traces the life of Barack Obama Senior and how his character, vision and intellect influenced his son's drive to the most powerful office in the land. In so doing, the author revisits the events in pre- and post-colonial Kenya and how these, too, had a bearing on the life of Obama Senior. The book also relates the history of his people - the Luo - from their original settlements along the Nile in Egypt and the Sudan to their present homelands in East Africa and the Great Lakes region. It details the often tragic and ultimately triumphant struggle of a people in pursuit of a just, peaceful and progressive society.

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About the Author

Fredrick Donde

Fredrick Odhiambo Donde is a former United Nations staff member based in Nairobi. He previously worked for the Ministry of Water Development in Kenya. He is a graduate of Civil Engineering from the University of Nairobi and currently lives in Nairobi with his family. His decision to write was driven by the fact that other than old family ties with the Obamas, his home County of Siaya was making history as the ancestral heritage of the US President.