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Hussein Onyango OBAMA

Male 1895 - 1975  (80 years)

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  • Name Hussein Onyango OBAMA 
    Born 1895  Kenya Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Name Onyango OBAMA 
    Died 29 Nov 1975  Kenya Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Alego, Kenya Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) Source: Roberts, Gary Boyd, Ancestors of American Presidents, 2009 Ed., Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009, pp. 206-214. According to this source, Hussein died in 1979.


      Hussein Onyango Obama
      Birth: 1895
      Death: Nov. 29, 1975

      Grandfather of US President Barack Obama


      September 9, 2007
      BY SCOTT FORNEK Political Editor

      He was "a prominent farmer, an elder of the tribe, a medicine man with healing powers."

      And he liked to dance.

      But he was such a strict disciplinarian that his grandchildren called him "the Terror."

      That's how Barack Obama describes his paternal grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, in his best-selling memoir Dreams From My Father.

      "'Wow, that guy was mean!'" Obama quotes his half-brother, Abongo (Roy) Obama, as saying. "'He would make you sit at the table for dinner, and served the food on china, like an Englishman. If you said one wrong thing, or used the wrong fork - pow! He would hit you with his stick. Sometimes when he hit you, you wouldn't even know why until the next day.'"

      Grandfather Obama was an herbalist who knew how to use plants to heal the sick or wounded - not "'a shaman - what the white man calls a witch doctor,'" Obama's step-grandmother Sarah Obama is quoted as saying.

      Hussein Onyango Obama worked for the white oppressors during the period of colonial rule in Kenya, first supervising rode crews and later working in a white man's home, after a two-week walk to Nairobi.

      "'Later he would tell us the adventures he had during this journey,'" Sarah Obama is quoted as saying. "'Many times he chased away leopards with his panga. Once he was chased into a tree by an angry buffalo and had to sleep in the tree for two days. Once he found a drum lying in the middle of the forest path and when he opened it, a snake appeared and slid between his feet into the bush.'"

      Obama's grandfather also served as cook for a British officer during World War II.

      After hearing his step-grandmother's account, Obama writes that he was shattered, wondering whether his dead grandfather was an "Uncle Tom. Collaborator. House n-----."

      His step-grandmother tells Obama that her husband respected the white man's power, technology and self improvement, but he would never tolerate abuse and had even once beaten a white employer who tried to cane him.

      "'If the white man he worked for was abusive, he would tell the man to go to hell and leave to find other work,'" she said.

      He didn't smoke or drink, but he did like to dance.

      "'His only pleasure was going to the dance halls in Nairobi once a month, for he liked to dance,'" Obama's step grandmother says in the book. "'But he also was not such a good dancer - he was rough, and would bump into people and step on their feet.'"

      Family links: Children: Barack Hussein Obama (1936 - 1982).

      Burial: Obama Family Cemetery at Kogelo, Nairobi, Nairobi Province, Kenya

      Created by: 8120
      Record added: Feb 12, 2009
      Find A Grave Memorial# 33773416
    Person ID I23338  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 5 Aug 2021 

    Father Obama,   bur. Kendu Bay, Kenya Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Nyaoke 
    Family ID F10299  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Akumu (OBAMA) 
     1. Barack Hussein OBAMA, Sr,   b. 1936, Alego, Kenya Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1982, Nairobi, Kenya Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
    Last Modified 5 Aug 2021 
    Family ID F10297  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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