The grandmother of former US President Barack Obama, Sarah Obama has died in western Kenya, aged 99.
She died early on Monday at a hospital in the western town of Kisumu.
According to her daughter, Marsat Onyango, it is true she has gone to be with the Lord, she passed on this morning.
A family spokesman, Sheikh Musa Ismail said she had been unwell for a week, but had tested negative for COVID-19.
She came to prominence after the 2008 election of her step-grandson, Barack as the first black US president.
NPOreports gathered that Sarah Obama played a huge role in defending her grandson during his 2008 campaign, when he was said to be Muslim and not born in the US.
Although not a blood relation, President Obama often referred to Sarah as his grandmother, calling her “granny”.
Born in 1922 in a village on the shores of Lake Victoria, Sarah was the third wife of Hussein Onyango Obama, President Obama’s grandfather, a herbalist and a village elder who fought for the British in Burma, now called Myanmar.
Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, in a message of comfort, mourned the Obama family matriarch as an icon of family values and a philanthropist whose contribution to the progress of the Kenyan nation shall be missed.
"The passing away of Mama Sarah is a big blow to our nation. We've lost a strong, virtuous woman. A matriarch who held together the Obama family and was an icon of family values.” the president eulogised.
The president wished the Obama family God's grace as they mourn their departed matriarch.
Mama Sarah will be buried Tuesday at her home, in line with Islamic traditions, said Ismail.