As most readers here at WOBIK already know Dr. Auma Obama is the sister of Barack Obama. She was born in Kenya in the year 196o. Her father was Barack Obama, Sr. and her mother is Kezia Aoko Obama.
Auma is the Managing Trustee of a Kenyan organization called Sauti Kuu which trains Kenyan youth on wealth creation within rural areas.
I hadn’t heard of the Sauti Kuu organization so I looked it up online and found the following helpful video which was filmed in Kenya with Dr. Auma. The video is well made and is less than ten minutes in length. Some good footage of rural Kenya and relatively lush farm land. It appears that Sauti Kuu partners with a Germany company known as REHAU. (Dr. Auma is married to a German.)
Its worth watching if you’d like to both see and hear what Sauti Kuu (and the German REHUA) does in Kenya. :
At the Severin Hotel in Mombasa Dr. Auma Obama told Americans and the rest of the world that Kenya is a safe place. “At first I felt threatened when I came for holiday in Mombasa from Germany but after staying here for six days I felt safe.”
Dr. Auma also indicated that the majority of security incidents reported about Kenya are isolated and should not frighten away American and European tourists. “What one reads or hears outside is totally different from what is on the ground. As far as I am concerned, Kenya is still the best tourist destination in the world,” Auma said. “As a Kenyan who lives abroad [Auma Obama lives in Germany], I feel some of these incidents are overblown by international media because when I am here, I don’t see what I read while I am in Germany.”
She indicated that in her assessment, after having recently visited various places in Coast Province, Kenya is not a dangerous country. She also added that there is abundant security in Mombasa, “I have seen enough security personnel in the beaches I visited. I am surprised to see a different situation from media reports.”
She indicated that her Sauti Kuu organization operates in Western region of Kenya and is imparting knowledge to the youth to learn skills on how to create wealth.
She said that there is enough wealth in rural areas and that people need to discard the old belief that one can only become rich by moving to urban areas, “Western parts of Kenya experiences good climate and has fertile soil which need to be tapped for better livelihoods.”
She indicated there was a lucrative market for Kenyan agricultural products.
I agree with Auma in both regards:
1. The danger in Kenya is overreported with overstated emphasis.
2. Inhabitants of the urban slums in Kenya, who often own rural property, should consider leaving the city and returning to the countryside where they can learn how to create wealth with the land.
I also want to note here that I see the same sort of thing in the Dominican Republic in that a large majority of the inhabitants of the urban slums either own property in the countryside or have the legal right to live on family land which is located in the country.
As some readers may already know Auma Obama has written a book which was published in English in 2012: And Then Life Happens: A Memoir.
The book was originally published in the German language.
If you’d like to purchase her book please use the following link: And Then Life Happens: A Memoir
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