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  1. Barack Obama's Kenyan stepmother dies

    The stepmother of former US President Barack Obama has died.

    Kezia Obama, the mother of Malik and Auma Obama, died on Tuesday.

    The cause of her death has not been disclosed but Kenya's Standard newspaper says she died in the UK.

    Kezia Obama's daughter Auma, who enjoys a close relationship with former President Obama, said she was numb after losing her:

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    The Obamas lost their grandmother Sarah Obama on 29 March.

    Kezia was Obama senior's first wife and had two children - Malik and Auma - with him before he went to the US, where he met President Obama's mother Ann Dunham.

  2. Obama's step-grandmother buried in western Kenya

    US former President Barack Obama's step-grandmother Sarah has been buried at her home in western Kenya in accordance to Muslim rites.

    Mrs Obama died on Monday after a short undisclosed illness.

    Former President Obama while eulogising her said she was a "bridge to the past" and that her stories helped "fill a void".

    Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper tweeted a video of Mrs Obama's burial:

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  3. Kenyan leaders mourn Obama's step-grandmother

    Tributes are pouring in for Sarah Obama - the matriarch of the Obama family. She was the step-grandmother of former US President Barrack Obama.

    She died on Monday morning at a hospital in western Kenya.

    Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has eulogised her as a virtuous woman "and an icon of family values".

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    Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga hailed the late Mrs Obama for her leadership after her husband's death.

    "She utilised her grandson's rise to promote the education of girls and fight social ills through her foundation," Mr Odinga said.

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    President Obama's half-sister, Auma Obama, has tweeted that her "heart is broken", but added that she was "blessed to have her for so long".

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    Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong'o said the late Mrs Obama was "charming and warm" to everyone who visited her Kogelo village home.

    The governor said Mrs Obama succumbed after a short undisclosed illness

  4. Obama's Kenyan step-grandmother dies in hospital

    Former US President, Barack Obama with his step-grandmother Sarah
    Image caption: Mrs Obama was fondly reffered to as Granny Sarah

    Former US President Barack Obama's step-grandmother Sarah Obama has died at a hospital in Kenya at the age of 99, her family has been quoted by local media.

    Mrs Obama died early on Monday at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Hospital in the western town of Kisumu, her daughter Marsat told the Daily Nation newspaper.

    Her family is making arrangements to have her buried on Monday at a cemetery in the town, according to reports.

    She was fondly referred to as Granny Sarah by the former president.

    Mrs Obama defended her grandson during the US elections when he was said to be Muslim and not born in the US.

    She was the third and youngest wife of the former president's grandfather.

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