At 18, Obama Jr's father, Barack Obama Sr. (Senior), married a girl called Kezia from a local village. Four years later (1957) Obama Sr., because of his father's wealth and influence, was awarded an American sponsored scholarship in economics to the Univ of Hawaii (Evening Standard UK). Obama Sr. would return to Africa and use his "Western-honed skills in a new Kenya." At the age of 23, Obama Sr. left behind pregnant wife Kezia and their children to become the first African student enrolled at the Univ of Hawaii.
Obama Sr's other wives; Relatives say he was already a slick womaniser and, once in Honolulu, he promptly persuaded a fellow student a naive 18-year-old white girl to marry him, while still married to Kezia. Obama Sr. married Univ of Hawaii student Anna Dunham, a anthropology major February 2, 1961 in Maui. Barack Obama, Jr. was born (6 Months later) August 4, 1961 in Honolulu.
Obama Sr, chose the Muslim Koranic name, Barack Hussein Obama, for his son. The middle name "Hussein" to honor Muslim grandfather Hussein Onyango Obama. Two years later Obama, Sr. left to attend for a scholarship to pursue a PhD program in economics Harvard in Boston, Massachusetts abandoning Ann and his son Barack Jr. He received a master's degree in economics in 1965, and did not complete a PhD.
Although Obama Sr. had always enjoyed his beer, he was developing a taste for Johnnie Walker Black at Harvard (Boston Globe) that earned him the nickname 'Mr. Double Double.' After Obama ordered his customary double Scotch, "He would shout in that big deep voice, 'Waiter, another double!' said Leo Odera Omolo, a journalist and drinking buddy of Obama's, who lives in Kisumu, a port city in Kenya.
During his time at Harvard, Obama Sr. met another woman. Her name was Ruth Nidesand, a teacher and a person of some means. Obama confided in friends that he was attracted to Nidesand in part because, "she was able to pay for some of the social activities that he could not afford," said Omolo. Obama Sr. had continued to write Dunham in Hawaii and inquire about their son, but relations between the two deteriorated and they divorced in 1964.
The following year, Obama Sr. returned to Africa with Nidesand and the couple were soon married.. Ann Dunham filed for divorce in January 1964, In June 1964, Obama Sr. returned to Kenya to work for the Jomo Kenyatta administration. Soon after, he married another white woman, his third wife, an American-born teacher Ruth Nidesand, who he met at Harvard. She followed him back home to Africa and conceived 2 children by him. He fathered 2 more children by his FIRST wife Kezia.
On his return from the United States, Obama Sr. enjoyed the most prosperous period of his life. Employed by an American oil company, he lived comfortably in Nairobi. When he returned to his village on weekends he routinely took lavish gifts and money. He also took stories and photographs of the son he had left in Hawaii, whom he referred to as "Barry."
He landed a job as an economist in the Kenyan Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, headed by his old friend Tom Mboya. At long last, he was doing the work about which he had dreamed, Obama Sr. was now prosperous with a flashy car and good salary. But Obama's sharp tongue soon got the better of him. In 1965, Obama published an article in the East Africa Journal in which he criticized the government's approach to economic planning. At the same time tribal rivalries that had been muted in the interests of independence, were beginning to assert themselves, pitting Kenyatta's Kikuyu loyalists against the Luo tribe of which Mboya and Obama were part. And Obama, had something pointed to say about that, too - that unqualified men were taking the best jobs
Obama Sr. eventually fell out of favor with the Kenyatta government. His boastfulness and drinking was his undoing. He was in several alcohol-related car accidents, one leading to the loss of both legs. It is alleged that Ruth finally left him after he repeatedly flew into whisky-fuelled rages, beating her brutally. One of Obama Sr's former drinking partners was Kenyan writer Philip Ochieng, Ochieng says, however, that his friend's downfall was his weak character.
"Although charming, generous and extraordinarily clever, Obama Sr was also imperious, cruel and given to boasting about his brain and his wealth," he said. "He was excessively fond of Scotch. He had fallen into the habit of going home drunk every night. His boasting proved his undoing and left him without a job, plunged him into prolonged poverty and dangerously wounded his ego." Philip Ochieng recalls how, after sitting up all night drinking Black Label whisky at Nairobi's famous Stanley Hotel, Obama Sr would fly into rages if Ruth asked where he had been.
Philip Ochieng remonstrated with his friend, saying: "You bring a woman from far away and you reduce her to pulp. That is not our way." But it was to no avail. Ruth sued for divorce after her husband administered brutal beatings.
On a hot July weekend nearly 40 years ago, Barack Obama Sr. was shopping on a busy Nairobi street when he ran into his friend and mentor Tom Mboya, one of Kenya's most charismatic political leaders. The two chatted for several minutes and Obama kidded him that his car was illegally parked. "I told him, 'You are parked on a yellow line. You will get a ticket," Obama Sr, the late father of the US presidential candidate, would later testify, according to press accounts at the time. And then the two men parted.
Minutes later, Mboya was shot twice and died in a pool of blood. It was a crime that convulsed the newly independent nation and would, in Obama's eyes, trigger a steep decline in his own promising career. Then 33, and a freshly minted government economist, he testified in the ensuing trial, an act which probably enraged those responsible for Mboya's assassination (Kenyan Government). Obama's star began to fall; he was sidelined to a job in the Ministry of Tourism. Frustrated that his skills were not being used, he began to drink more heavily and had a series of alcohol-related car accidents, one of which resulted in the death of another driver.
As the Kenyatta regime became the subject of increasing controversy, Obama Sr found many of his colleagues distancing themselves from him. And then, on the morning of July 5, 1969, things got infinitely worse. Tom Mboya's assassination threw the country into political chaos. And for Obama, it was a personal disaster. Not only had he lost his friend and mentor, but because he happened to have been at the scene he was called upon to testify.
Obama Sr, according to one friend, was convinced he had been targeted for murder after his testimony."He said he had been hit by a car not long ago and left for dead," said Pake Zane, 66, who attended the University of Hawaii with Obama and had not publicly discussed their 1974 conversation until now. "He did not say specifically who had done it, but he said it was the same people who killed Mboya." (Kenyan Government).
Obama Sr. was well known at the time of Mboya's death as a voluble critic of then president Jomo Kenyatta. Already out of favor, in the years immediately after Mboya's death Obama Sr. was removed from the government job that he so loved, and stripped of his passport. Once one of Kenya's most promising young professionals, he did not handle political exile well.
Weeks after Mboya died, a mechanic named Isaac Njenga Njoroge was charged with the slaying and hung. But Njoroge, a Kikuyu, was widely believed to have been a front man for Mboya's political enemies and the assassination remains shrouded in mystery to this day. After his arrest, Njoroge asked: "Why don't you go after the big man? Who he meant by "the big man" was never divulged, which has led to much speculation since Mboya was seen as a possible contender for the presidency. The mostly tribal elite around Kenyatta has been blamed for his death, which has never been subject of a judicial inquiry.
During Mboya's burial, a mass demonstration against the attendance of President Jomo Kenyatta led to a big skirmish, with two people shot dead. The demonstrators believed that Kenyatta was involved in the death of Mboya, thus eliminating him as a threat to his political career.
During a visit from his old school friend, Zane, in 1974, Obama Sr confided that he had seen Mboya's killer and claimed to be the only witness who could identify him. According to an biography of Mboya, "Tom Mboya: The Man Kenya Wanted to Forget," nine eye witnesses to the shooting failed to identify Njoroge in a police lineup.
Obama Sr is not mentioned in the book. If Obama Sr identified the killer, or tried to, press accounts of the trial are silent about it. Shortly afterward, Obama Sr told Omolo that he was being followed by a team of government security agents, angry about his testimony. And years later, he told Zane that he and his family had been threatened with death if he identified the shooter.
Although handicapped he continued his womanizing and fathered another son, his eighth child, to a woman who he planned to make his fourth wife. Before the marriage, Barack Obama, Sr.died in an alcohol related car accident in Nairobi, Kenya, 1982, or did he ? Obama Sr, according to one friend, was convinced he had been targeted for murder after his testimony (Kenyan Government).
Barack Obama Sr was the brother-in-law of Oginga Odinga. O. Odinga in 1960, together with Tom Mboya (1969 assassinated friend of Barack Obama Sr.) formed Kenya African National Union (KANU). When Kenya became an independent Republic in 1964, O. Odinga was its first Vice-President. As Vice-President he did not agree with Jomo Kenyatta's government, as did Barack Obama Sr., and he resigned his post and quit KANU in 1966 to form the Kenya People's Union (KPU).
Raila Odinga, the son of Oginga Odinga, was placed under house arrest for seven months after being suspected of collaborating with the plotters of a failed coup attempt, August 1, 1982, against President Daniel arap Moi (Barack Obama Sr was killed in 1982). Raila was charged with treason and was detained without trial for six years. Daniel Toroitich arap Moi was the President of Kenya from 1978 until 2002.
A biography released in July 2006 suggested that Raila was more involved in the coup than previously thought. After its publication, some MPs called for Raila to be arrested and charged, but the statute of limitations had already passed and, since the information was contained in a biography, Raila could not be said to have openly confessed his involvement.
Released on February 6th, 1988, he was rearrested in September, 1988 for his involvement with the Kenya Revolutionary Movement (KRM), an underground organisation pressing for multi-party democracy in Kenya, which was then a one-party state.
Raila Odinga was released on June 12th, 1989, only to be incarcerated again on July 5th, 1990, together with Kenneth Matiba, and former Nairobi Mayor Charles Rubia. Raila was released on June 21st, 1991, and in October 1991, he fled the country to Norway alleging Kenyan government attempts to assassinate him.
It is not known whether Oginga Odinga's brother-in-law, Barack Obama Sr., was involved in the 1982 Kenyan coup, though given the tribal character of politics in Kenya it would be difficult to imagine that he wasn't at least aware of it or wouldn't have profited by it even if he didn't contribute to it. Indeed, that may have been the reason for Obama Sr.'s failed political career in Kenya and possibly his death in 1982.....So what really happend to Barack Obama Sr. in 1982, the year of the failed coup attempt against Kenyan President Moi ?