ABC News Dana Hughes reports:
Joining the ranks of her famous grandson, President Barack Obama’s 88-year-old step grandmother Sarah Hussein Obama was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from a university in Kenya yesterday.
Despite having more than five decades on most of the other 130 graduates, she marched in the hot sun and participated in the full graduation ceremony for the University of Great Lakes in Kisumu. where she was honored for work with helping widows and children in the family’s village of Kogelo in Western Kenya. The area is one of the poorest and least developed in Kenya with the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the country.
“She exudes a strong, warm presence” said Vice Chancellor Professor Dan Kaseje. “She’s definitely a lovable grandmother. Her knack for charity work did not just begin when her grandson moved into the White House.” After being adorned with the doctorate cap and gown and being handed her certificate, the newly minted “Dr.” pushing 90-yrs-old cheered and danced on stage.
Mama Sarah, as she’s often referred, has little formal education but has been a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Nutrition since November 2008. Although she is the President’s step-grandmother, she raised his father and remains close to the President. He visited her in Kenya in 1987 and in 2006, and she attended his inauguration with other members of his family still residing in Kenya.
Here’s a video link to a local Kenyan news channel who covered the graduation:
- Dana Hughes