Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Holy Cow: Men offers Obama livestock for daughter

Kenyan man offers livestock to wed Barack Obama’s daughter Malia
All smiles ... Then-Senator Barack Obama waves to supporters at a caucus rally in Des Moines, Iowa, after winning the Iowa Democratic presidential caucus in 2008. Surrounding him is wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha. Source: AP 

A KENYAN lawyer has reportedly offered US president Barack Obama 50 cows and other assorted livestock in exchange for his 16-year old daughter Malia’s hand in marriage.

Felix Kiprono said he was willing to pay 50 cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats in order to fulfil his dream of marrying the first daughter.

“I got interested in her in 2008,” Kiprono said, in an interview with The Nairobian newspaper on Tuesday.

At that time President Obama was running for office for the first time and Malia was a 10-year-old.

“As a matter of fact, I haven’t dated anyone since and promise to be faithful to her. I have shared this with my family and they are willing to help me raise the bride price,” he said.

Kiprono said he intended to put his offer of marriage to Obama and hopes the President will bring his daughter with him when he makes his first presidential visit to Kenya, the country where his father was born, in July.
Father and daughter ... Barack Obama adjusts a flower behind the ear of his eldest daughter Malia as they walk
 on Kailua Beach during their vacation in Hawaii in 2008. Source: AP 

Obama’s Kenyan grandmother, who is in her early 90s, still lives in western Kenya, home to a number of the president’s relatives.

“I am currently drafting a letter to Obama asking him to please have Malia accompany him for this trip. I hope the embassy will pass the letter to him,” he said.

The young lawyer, whose age was not revealed, said he had already planned his proposal, which would be made on a hill near his rural village.
Marriage proposal ... US President Barack Obama with wife Michelle, daughters Sasha (then 7) and Malia (then 10)
greet arrivals at food bank at St Columbanus Catholic Church on the South Side of Chicago in 2008. Source: AP 

Kiprono said that as a couple he and the young Obama would lead “a simple life”.

“I will teach Malia how to milk a cow, cook ugali (maize porridge) and prepare mursik (sour milk) like any other Kalenjin woman,” he said.


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