The last of Barack Obama Sr’s eight children, George Obama was born less than a year before his father died in a car accident. Four of his half-siblings were born to a Kenyan wife, Kezia, and three – including Barack – to two American women. George’s mother Jael is also Kenyan, but he missed out on the opportunities afforded to his half-brothers and sister, most of whom have studied and lived overseas.
In Barack Obama’s book, Dreams from my Father, where he recounts his family history, he talks of briefly meeting George at his school in Nairobi in the late Eighties. It was a “painful affair”, cut short by a principal who realised that the visitor from America did not have permission from Jael to visit the “handsome round-headed boy with a wary gaze”.