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Mama Sarah Obama, the grandmother of former United States President Barack Obama has died aged 99.

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Sarah succumbed at a Kisumu hospital where she had been admitted for some time.

According to sources at the facility, she had been admitted to the ICU for management of diabetes.

The family said that Mama Sarah had been receiving treatment at the Kisumu hospital for a month and a half.

Burial plans are currently underway in line with Islamic tradition for the ceremony that will held at her K’Ogelo village in Siaya County.

Former POTUS Barack Obama and his late grandma Sarah Onyango Obama.

ODM party leader Raila Odinga has eulogised Mama Sarah Obama as a matriarch who lived ahead of her time.

“In the passing of Mama Sarah Obama, we have lost a matriarch. She single-handedly kept the family going long after the husband departed,” Raila said.

Via Social media on Monday, Raila said 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,” he said.

Our heartfelt condolences to the Obamas.

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