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The above pictorial illustrates the genogram of the Barack Obama family. It clearly depicts three generations from grandparents to off springs. This report gives a detailed account of each of Obama’s relation.
At the top left of the genogram are President Obama’s maternal grandparents, Stanley Armour Dunham and Madelyn Lee Payne. They were both born in Kansas and got married on May 5, 1940. Stanley was born on March 23, 1918 and died on February 8, 1992 in Honolulu, Hawaii (Collins, Jordan and Coleman 180).
His remains are buried in Punchbowl national Cemetry located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Payne, on the other hand, was born in the year 1922 in Wichita, Kansas and she died 86 years later on November 3, 2008 in Honolulu, Hawaii (Powell 24). The family was blessed with a daughter, Stanley Ann Dunham who became President Obama’s mother.
On the right side at the top of the genogram are Barack’s paternal grandparents, Onyango Obama and Akuma both of whom were of Kenyan origin (Collins et al. 181). Onyango was polygamous and had two other wives, Habba and Sarah who was his third. Onyango is estimated to have been born in 1895 and died in 1979. From his early life, he was a traveler and had been to most parts of the country.
He later settled in Nairobi to work as cook for the missionaries who had made inroads into the country. Onyango was then recruited to fight on behalf of England, Kenya’s colonial master during the infamous World War I. He visited countries in Europe as well as India (Collins et al. 179).
Upon returning from the war, he lived in Zanzibar for sometime. Family members believe that it was during his stay there that he converted to Islam from his former Christian faith impacted by the missionaries.
Onyango Obama and his second wife Akuma had children one of whom was Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. However, Akuma left the family while the children was still too young. It was at this time that Sarah took over the responsibility of taking care of the children. She is referred most often by Barack Obama as his “grandmother.” Sarah was born in 1922 and lives in Kogelo, Kenya.
The next generational level includes President Obama’s parents. Barrack Hussein Obama, Sr. was born in 1938 in a village called Nyangoma-Kogelo which is found in Kenya’s Siaya District (Powell 27). In 1982, he was killed in a car crash in the city of Nairobi.
Obama was survived by several wives, Kuzia, Ann Dunham, Ruh, and Jael. With the other three wives, Obama Sr. had seven children. One of the half siblings died in 1981 and is buried in Nyangoma-Kogelo village, Siaya District (Collins et al. 181). The rest of the children live in Kenya, the United Kingdom or the United States.
Barrack Obama Jr.’s parents first met while at the University of Hawaii as students (Collins et al. 181). Ann Dunham’s parents had moved there from Kansas City. Ann was born on November 27, 1942 in Wichita, Kansas. On the other hand, Barack Sr. was in Hawaii as student under the international exchange program. Later, Ann became an anthropologist in Hawaii and also worked in Indonesia.
Barrack Sr. became an Economist with the Kenyan Government. The two were joined together in marriage in 1960 in Hawaii and bore Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. The marriage did not last long and ended after two years. Ann was married for the second time to Lolo Soetoro who was of Indonesian origin in 1964 (Powell 31). In 1966, Lolo went back to Indonesia after his student visa was revoked due to political instability in his country.
Ann and Barack left for Jakarta in Indonesia a year later after she had graduated. The marriage produced a half sister for Barrack Jr. She is known as Maya and married to Komal. However, the second marriage collapsed after 14 years. Barrack Jr.’s mother died on November 7, 1995 after suffering from ovarian cancer (Collins et al. 181).
The first generation of the genogram depicts the immediate family of President Barack Hussein Obama. He was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Kapiolani maternity & Gynecological Hospital. His parents are Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. and Stanley Dunham.
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The parents divorced when Barack Jr. was just two years of age after which the Barack Obama Sr. relocated to Massachusetts for further studies. He later went back to Kenya to take up a job in the government (Collins et al. 181). Barrack Jr. stayed briefly in Indonesia before he sent sent back to the US to stay with Madelyn Payne, his maternal grandmother in Hawaii.
He went on with his studies and later graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School (Powell 36). It was while in law school that President Obama met Michelle Robinson, his wife.
They have two daughters, Malia (13) and Sasha (10). In 2008, Barrack Hussein Obama ascended to the presidency of the United States to become the first ever African American President. He will be seeking a second term in office during the next presidential elections.
Collins, Donald, Jordan, Catheleen and Coleman, Heather. An introduction to family social work. Cengage Learning, Inc., 2009, 178-181
Powell, Kimberly. Tracing the ancestry of Barack Hussein Obama. John Wiley and Sons, 2010, 24-37