Obama granny goes solar in Kenya

August 20, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Aug 20 – US President Barack Obama’s step-grandmother Sarah proudly announced on Thursday that her modest Kenyan homestead was now solar-powered.

"I am very pleased that my home has been improved thanks to solar energy and I’ll make sure my grandson hears about it," Greenpeace International quoted Sarah Obama as saying.

The environmentalist group is hosting a workshop on renewable energy in the country drawing youth from Sarah’s Kogelo village in western Kenya and the country’s largest slum in Nairobi, Kibera.

Senator Barack Obama school in Kogelo was also fitted with solar panels.

Sarah became a national celebrity when her grandson visited the country in 2006 and her home has become a tourist attraction since the former Illinois senator’s November 2008 election triumph.

The Kenyan government has also declared Kogelo a national heritage site.


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