Former USA President Barrack Obama is mourning the death of his grandmother Sarah Obama.
In a message on Monday, Obama noted that his family was celebrating the long life of his grandmother who was 99 at her passing.
"My family and I are mourning the loss of our beloved grandmother, Sarah Ogwel Onyango Obama, affectionately known to many as “Mama Sarah” but known to us as “Dani” or Granny. We will miss her dearly, but we’ll celebrate with gratitude her long and remarkable life," he said.
Sarah Obama died on Monday in Kisumu aged 99.
According to the family, Mama Sarah passed on at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital after a short illness.
Leaders led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM chief Raila Odinga have sent their condolences to the family of the deceased.
"The passing away of Mama Sarah is a big blow to our nation????????. We've lost a strong, virtuous woman. A matriarch who held together the Obama family and was an icon of family values," ~President Uhuru Kenyatta
Read more: https://t.co/twnoaR8GOK pic.twitter.com/dJMYlOESqu— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) March 29, 2021
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. pic.twitter.com/v2AxeNKw6N— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) March 29, 2021
Just lost the most important person in my life - my gran, Mama Sarah. My heart is broken! But as I write, not able to stop the tears from pouring, I know I was blessed to have her for so long! My inspiration, my rock, my comfort zone, my safe space. Rest in peace Dani! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/GkkKrL4oYb— Auma Obama (@AumaObama) March 29, 2021