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Had he been aware of the events to come a generation later, he might have appraised himself somewhat differently. For what greater success could a man aspire to than to have produced a child who would become the first black president of the United States, the person who stands at the helm of the world? One wonders what he might he have said if he had known of his own filial legacy. Neil Abercrombie, governor of Hawaii who was a student with Obama Sr. at the University of Hawaii, grasped his essence better than most.
1 There was still a great deal to be done. Spurs and branch lines needed to be constructed. A fleet of steamers that could ferry passengers to the other side of the lake and return laden with the Ugandan riches of ivory, skins, and horns had yet to be assembled. And then there were the Africans. Since the iron snake’s arrival, Kimnyole’s people, fierce warriors called the Nandi, battled the beast as best they could, raiding the British outposts and stealing precious steel, wires, and supplies. 2 Word of the white man’s coming traveled fast across the grassy plains of the Kavirondo region that sweeps down to the lake’s edge, the home of what was then Kenya’s third largest ethnic group, the Luo.
Like his siblings, Mark found himself propelled by his half-brother’s inspiring success to reexamine the family’s turbulent history and open doors he had long thought firmly closed behind him. 12 Years earlier Mark had begun work on a book that explored many of the same issues that Barack Obama wrestled with in Dreams from My Father. Mark was likewise struggling with questions about his own mixed-race identity, his relationship to his father, and his search for rootedness. Obama’s election in November of 2008 is what moved him to complete his manuscript, and at the end of 2009 he wrote an autobiographical novel called Nairobi to Shenzhen: A Novel of Love in the East under the name Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo.
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