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The Obamas are not coming to Kenya

By Joel Muinde
Thursday, April 1st, 2021
Former US President Barack Obama is not set to visit the country next week. We fooled you because it's April 1.
In summary

As the proverb goes, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

With today being April Fool's Day, it was perfectly in order for us to pull our readers' legs with an otherwise innocuous story.

And what better than a story about our favourite son, former US President Barack Obama coming all the way to Kenya to attend a memorial service for his beloved grandmother, Mama Sarah Obama, who died on March 29 aged 99 and was buried according to Islam rites on March 30.

We reported that Obama is set to visit the country next week to pay his last respects to Mama Sarah whom he had eulogized as a formidable woman.

“My family and I are mourning the loss of our beloved grandmother, Sarah Ogwel Onyango Obama, affectionately known to many as “Mama Sarah” but known to us as “Dani” or Granny," said Obama in memory of Mama Sarah.

While it is not too far-fetched that Obama would travel to Kenya for such an occasion, according to Luo traditions is customary for people to visit the homes of deceased people to remember, comfort and please the dead, a ritual known as rapar.

“From a long time ago, we have been visiting the dead’s home to remember them. We eat and dance, and reminisce about our loved one,” Luo elder Onyango Oloo told People Daily.

Hundreds of people fell for PD's prank and here is what some of them had to say.

On Facebook, Kipngetich Ronald asked, "How will he travel from Nairobi to siaya with this lockdown?"

Another user Giovin Paul said, "What's there to be excited, if you're poor you'll be poor at the end of the day, if the curfew is at 8 pm it won't change to 10pm, if your woman is mad at you or cheating, obama's visit won't change that, stop the hype."

It was April Fool's day, so do not get fooled.

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