Skip to comments.Kenya: How the Obamas Got Hussein Name
Posted on 10/28/2011 9:24:34 PM PDT by Kukai
President Barack Obama's grandfather's conscription in the army during World War Two was to change the identity of his entire lineage.
A posting to Zanzibar saw him convert to Islam and take the name Hussein, which was passed on to his grandson, as is the Luo custom.
Several years down the line, although his grandson, the US president, is not a Muslim, his name has attracted controversy with his detractors demanding that he should denounce the faith to which he does not in any case subscribe.
Other, less prominent members of the Obama lineage, go about their business unperturbed in Kanyadhiang, a small village in Kendu Bay in Homa Bay County.
They live away from the relentless scrutiny of the rest of the family members in Alego Kogello, in Siaya.
Barrack Obama Snr's sister Hawa Igambi -- President Obama's aunt -- lives in Kokal village, where she sells charcoal to make ends meet.
She describes her brother, the president's father as a social, intelligent, generous man who was ready to share whatever he had with friends and relatives and above all was very frank and daring.
"I doubt if any of his children is as intelligent as he was. Barrack was a rare brain who was top in his class throughout his education life," she said.
Contrary to tight police security, and the national and international attention given to her stepmother Mama Sarah Obama, at Nyang'oma Kogelo, Mrs. Igambi's home is deserted whenever she goes out to eke her daily living, while the two sons are away working.
At her Kambero residence, Mrs Igambi said she still believed there was foul play in her brother's death, saying a disgruntled top government official had a hand in it.
My brother Barack was found dead in his vehicle in 1982 while holding the steering wheel with both hands near Woodley Estate in Nairobi, in what a majority of passers-by couldn't believe, with some waving at him thinking he was alive," she recalled.
"His vehicle was in the centre of the road with no indication of an accident neither was his body bearing any form of injury," she said.
Unknown to many is that the father of the US president was born in Kobama Village, in Kendu Bay on the banks of the Awach.
It is said that President Obama's grandfather, Onyango Obama, who gave him the name Hussein, migrated from Kendu Bay, back to Alego Usonga which his clansmen had left.
An internet photo of President Obama in front of a tiny round grass-thatched house, side by side with one of him in a White House lounge was actually taken in Kendu Bay.
According to an elder in Kendu, Mzee Elly Yonga, after returning from Zanzibar, Hussein Onyango Obama was a controversial figure in Kendu Bay, defying the chief and earning himself a following for his ability to stand up to authority.
In the book Dreams From My Father, President Obama describes his grandfather: "He would eat all his meals at a table and chair, under a mosquito netting, with a knife and fork."
Secretary General of the Obama Opiyo Foundation, Mr Elijah Kobilo, said that contrary to the suggestion that Hussein Onyango Obama went to Nyang'oma Kogelo in Siaya before he bore his three children, the three were actually born in Kendu Bay in Karachuonyo before they moved to Siaya.
I wouldn't bet my life that he doesn't subscribe to "the faith." And, by the way, I would guess that as far as lineage goes, my dog that I adopted from the local pound probably has a clearer lineage than does our so-called president.
I have no idea what “allAfrica.com” is and I have no intention of going to that website to find out.
From the pile of drivel posted here, it’s highly doubtful I’ll be missing any nuggets by that decision.
I don’t care if his name is Obama, Odango or Dudu Pukwanaa, he has to go.
Obama’s father and step-father were Muslim. And his daddy was also a big-time socialist, as is Dear Bumbler.
And Mommie was a Commie, as well as Grammar and Gramper and all the childhood chums...
I forgot cousin Roy Odinga and the Abangos, then there is Aunt Tutsi and...
This prig sucks and has to go
Not a muslim? That’s rich. He has spent waaaaaay more time promoting, defending, praising and apologizing for than anything. It is not close to anything else by a long shot.
I throw the flag on that. There is very good reason to believe he is a muslim.
What a bunch of bs. I see Obama has been talking to Bill and Hitlery and is going for the sympathy.
He just ignores Christian Holidays, and celebrates the Slime ones.
What did you serve at your last Feast of Iftar in celebration of Ramadamndingdong?
I don’t need to know any of this crap, all I need to know is he lost the preidential election and now will go back to Kenya like a good muslim
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