Tracing the Kenyan roots of former US President Barack Obama’s family

Written by on January 30, 2018

Barack Obama, whose father was Kenyan, is the only President of the United States with African roots. Obama’s early ancestors migrated to Lake Victoria region from Sudan in the fifteenth century. His family settled at a village known as Kanyadhiang, with Kogelo being the name of the President’s paternal clan. His early ancestors were known as Jok’Owiny In Luo, the term Jok(y) means the people of. The Obamas are descendants of a man known as Owiny Sigoma, who was a fierce warrior who led his people to fight both Luo and non-Luo speakers in Yimbo . . .

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