The Obama family is in mourning following the death of Mama Sarah Obama, grandmother to 44th United States President, Barack Obama.

Kenyans and leaders alike joined in on condoling with the family following their sudden loss.

The news of death was revealed by her family. Mama Sarah passed on in Kisumu at the age of 99.

File image of 44th US President Barack Obama and his grandmother Mama Sarah Obama. |Photo| Courtesy|

Her son Said Obama, revealed that their mother had been undergoing treatment at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Hospital in Kisumu where she had been admitted for a month and a half.

Mama Sarah will be laid to rest in line with Islam tradition at her home in Kogelo village, Siaya County.

ODM Leader Raila Odinga mourned Mama Sarah as a matriarch who lived ahead of her time and 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 Barack Obama's rise to promote the education of girls and fight social ills through her Foundation.

"Mama Ida Odinga and I pass our sincere condolences to the Obama family," Raila condoled.

Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino is among the leaders who have mourned Mama Sarah.

"May you rest well Mama Sarah Obama," Babu tweeted.


File image of Mama Sarah Obama. |Photo| Courtesy|