Mama Sarah Obama has started her journey to the US to witness the swearing-in of her grandson Barack Obama as the 44th American President.
And she is not travelling empty-handed. As a grandmother, she is carrying special gifts for her grandson — a Luo traditional three-legged stool, a flywhisk and a shield, which are symbols of leadership. “I wanted to give him a spear too, but I have been told that due to security reasons, I will not be allowed to board a plane with it,” Mama Sarah told The Standard.
Mama Sarah was in a jubilant mood as she left Nyang’oma Kogelo village for Nairobi. There was a battery of foreign and local journalists to record the moment.
“The day I was waiting for has finally come… I cannot hide my joy,” she said, adding: “I am going to be Kenya’s ambassador during the occasion and I will live to the expectations.” . . .
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