(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Speaking out publically for the first time after avoiding the media, President Obama’s younger half-brother Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo reflects on his family life including President Obama.
Ndesandjo, on Wednesday, made only a few references to his famous, President brother, saying he, “watched the millions of people who love and support my brother Barrak” and that helped him in a “weird way” come to terms with his shaky and abused past. Having taken his stepfathers name to rid himself of the Obama name, he was able to let some of that go while watching President Obama saying, "There was this remarkable movement from fear towards hope”…“I was so proud of my brother Barack." It was this pride that motivated Ndesandjo to finish his book.
Ndesandjo not only teaches piano to orphan children but has also written a book titled "From Nairobi to Shenzhen." It is of this book he spoke at the media conference and expresses some of the torments he went through as a young child, "My father beat me. He beat my mother. And you just don't do that," ... "I shut those thoughts in the back of my mind for many years."
After losing his job in the United States, he moved to China after the September 11, 2001 attacks. However, since the election it’s been difficult for him to remain off the radar completely. “Since the election, I have been getting a few more phone calls, especially from reporters," he said. "I've tried to keep focused on the important things in my life," he said, "the music, the calligraphy, the writing of course, and helping the kids learn piano."
Families come with past, problems, secrets, and heartaches but often times it’s family who makes it all better. While proving that even the families such as the President of the United States has troubles, it’s reassuring to hear they do reach out to each other. Ndesandjo stated though they’ve only met a few times they do plan to catch up in the future.
To receive future articles by Linda Adair in your in-box, please scroll to the top of this article, and click on SUBSCRIBE. Do you have a story idea? E-mail your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.