news Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 05:30

A Kenyan lawyer is planning on asking for the hand of the US President Barack Obama’s daughter when the latter makes his trip to Kenya in July.

According to a report by The Nairobian, Felix Kiprono has declared that his love for 16-year-old Malia Obama is real and has offered 50 cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats as “bride price” to prove it.

“I got interested in her in 2008. As a matter of fact, I haven’t dated anyone since and promise to be faithful to her. I have shared this with my family and they are willing to help me raise the bride price,” he was quoted as telling the newspaper.

Obama is part-Kenyan, part-English, African-American and Irish and the Kenyan DNA can be traced to his daughters. Obama’s Kenyan grandmother reportedly lives in Kogelo in western Kenya.

The lawyer also has plans for his engagement in place which he says will be “unique with a twist.”

“If my request is granted, I will not resort to the cliché of popping champagne. Instead, I will surprise her with mursik, the traditional Kalenjin sour milk. As an indication that she is my queen, I will tie sinendet, which is a sacred plant, around her head,” he said.

His post-wedding plans are also in place as he would teach Obama’s daughter how to “milk a cow, cook ugali and prepare mursik like any other Kalenjin woman”.

Not everyone from Kenya is happy with Kiprono’s proposal though, with a “Kenyans Against Felix Kiprono's Action” Facebook page coming up.

A post on the page addressed to Kiprono congratulates him for putting Kenya on the map “again for the wrong reason.”  

“FYI Malia Obama is 16 years old and am sure you understand that she is still a teenager,” it goes on to add, chiding Kiprono for offering cows and goats in exchange for women.

Here is the full Facebook post:


Dear Felix, First of all, congratulation for working so hard to become a lawyer and secondly congratulation for...

Posted by Kenyans Against Felix Kiprono's Action on Wednesday, May 27, 2015


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