The family confirmed Monday morning that Mama Sarah passed on at 4:45 am after a short illness at the Jaramogi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu where she has been receiving treatment.
Mama Sarah had dedicated her life to service towards helping orphans and vulnerable children through her Foundation.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga noted that “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.”
According to the ODM leader, Mama Sarah 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
Kisumu governor Anyang’ Nyong’o mourned Mama Sarah saying she was very charming and warm to those who visited her in her home in Kogelo.
“She was a philanthropist who helped to mobilize funds to pay school fees for many orphans and vulnerable children. She also supported many widows.” Nyong’o said in his condolence message.
Burial plans are already underway for the matriarch.
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