And then Life Happens (BKMG)

by Auma Obama

  • ISBN: 9781250031327
  • SKU: 2030301006514

"Engrossing... Especially poignant are the sections that tell how, as a college student, Auma finally got to know the mother who relinquished her as a baby. Despite the level of recognition Auma achieved during the 2008 presidential election, there are no airs here. The prose is simple, and Auma's honest, straightforward storytelling makes her an instantly likable narrator."

—Publishers Weekly 

Touching, poignant, and thoughtfully candid, And Then Life Happens is Auma Obama's personal account of growing up in rural Kenya and coming of age halfway across the world from her younger brother, Barack, whom she knew only through their father's stories until their heartfelt meeting as adults in Chicago. Ever ambitious and driven, Auma narrates a story of love, family, and perseverance with refreshing honesty and compassion, recounting her lifelong struggle to balance a desire for education and activism while staying true to her cultural values and family heritage. And Then Life Happens is an intimate self-portrait of the president's sister, her life studying and living abroad, and her eventual return to Africa to found her own youth-focused organisation. It is an outstanding journey of self-discovery and unconventional love. 

AUMA OBAMA was born in Kenya right after the country gained its independence. She grew up first with her mother and paternal grandparents, and later with her (and President Obama's) father and American stepmother. She obtained a master's degree at the University of Heidelberg in German studies, sociology, and education. She went on to study at the University of Bayreuth., earning a Ph.D. in 1998. Auma Obama lived and worked in Germany and the United Kingdom before coming back to Kenya to work for the humanitarian organization CARE International. She has since left CARE and has founded and now runs the foundation Sauti Kuu ("Powerful Voices" in Kiswahili) that works with disadvantaged children and youth worldwide. 

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