Obama's aunt, Mama Hawa, dies at 80

Thursday November 25 2021
Mama Hawa Obama

Mama Hawa Auma Obama (sister to Barack Obama Snr) holds up the portraits of her brother and his son, former US President Barack Obama, at her rural home in Oyugis , Homa Bay County. PHOTO | FILE | NMG


Mama Hawa Obama, the sister of 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 Thursday.

She was buried at her home in Kokal village, Oyugis, on Thursday afternoon in line with Muslim rites.

Mama Hawa Obama

Mama Hawa Obama's relatives at her gravesite in Oyugis, Homa Bay County, on November 25, 2021. PHOTO | GEORGE ODIWUOR | NMG

Her family said 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.

Mama Hawa was married to the late Senior Chief Magak Odeka who died in 1993.

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