Malik Obama

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Malik Obama
Malik Obama

March 1958
ResidenceNyang'oma Kogelo, Kenya
Known forU.S. President Barack Obama's half-brother
Home townNyang'oma Kogelo
Parent(s)Barack Obama Sr.
RelativesFamily of Barack Obama

Malik Obama (born March 1958), also known as Abongo or Roy, is the half-brother of US President Barack Obama, and the son of Barack Obama Sr. and his first wife, Kezia.[1] Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya,[2] Obama earned a degree in accounting from the University of Nairobi.[3] Malik and Barack met for the first time in 1985,[2] when Barack flew from Chicago to Washington, D.C., to visit Malik.[4] Malik and his half-brother Barack were best men at each other's weddings.[2] Barack brought his wife Michelle Obama to Kenya three years later, seeing Malik again while meeting many other relatives for the first time.[5]

Malik lives in the Obamas' ancestral home, Nyang'oma Kogelo, a village of several hundred people, preferring its slow pace to that of the city.[2] He runs a small electronics shop a half-hour's drive outside of town.[2] Although much of the Obama family has dispersed throughout Kenya and overseas, most, including Malik, still consider their rural village on the shores of Lake Victoria to be their true home. They feel that those who have left the village have become culturally "lost".[6] A frequent visitor to the United States,[5] and a consultant in Washington, D.C., for several months each year,[2] Malik has dual citizenship in Kenya and the United States.[7][8]

During his brother's 2008 presidential campaign, Malik Obama was a spokesman for the extended Obama family in Kenya. He dealt with safety and privacy concerns arising from the increased attention from the press.[9]

Malik ran for governor of the Kenyan county of Siaya in 2013,.[10] His campaign slogan was "Obama here, Obama there" in reference to his half-brother who was serving his second term as the President of the United States. Malik garnered a meager 2,792 votes, about 140,000 votes behind the eventual winner.[11]

In early 2015, an increasingly estranged Malik questioned Barrack's parentage, supporting a DNA test.[12][13][14] Prior to the 2016 United States presidential election, he stated that he supported Donald Trump, the candidate for the Republican Party.[15] He attended the third presidential debate as one of Trump's guests.[16]

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  1. ^ jpt (June 18, 2008). "From the Fact Check Desk: What Did Obama's Half-Brother Say About Obama's Background". ABC News.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Maliti, Tom (October 26, 2004). "Obama's Brother Chooses Life in Slow Lane". Associated Press.
  3. ^ Dreams from my Father, p. 265.
  4. ^ Dreams from my Father, p. 262.
  5. ^ a b *Oywa, John (August 15, 2004). "Sleepy Little Village Where Obama Traces His Own Roots". The Daily Nation.
  6. ^ Philip Ochieng (November 1, 2004). "From Home Squared to the US Senate: How Barack Obama Was Lost and Found". The East African. Archived from the original on March 14, 2008. Retrieved March 23, 2008.
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  9. ^ Warah, Rasna (June 9, 2008). "We cannot lay claims on Obama; he's not one of us – Obama in this world". Daily Nation. Retrieved July 10, 2008.
  10. ^ Gichana, David (January 14, 2013). "Obama's Step-Brother Will Seek Governorship of Kenyan County". Bloomberg.
  11. ^ Walker, Hunter (March 7, 2013). "President Obama's Brother Loses Election in Kenya". The New York Observer. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  12. ^ Gilbert, Joel (April 22, 2015). "Malik Obama interviewed by Director Joel Gilbert (Dreams from My Real Father)". YouTube. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  13. ^ Kincaid, Cliff (May 4, 2015). "Dreams from Obama's Different Fathers". Accuracy in Media. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  14. ^ Billingsley, Lloyd (October 24, 2016). "Malik Obama is Voting for Trump". FrontPage Magazine. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  15. ^ Vincent, Isabel (July 24, 2016). "Why Obama's half-brother says he'll be voting for Donald Trump". New York Post. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  16. ^ Begley, Sarah (October 18, 2016). "Donald Trump Is Bringing President Obama's Half-Brother to the Third Debate". Time.