In her much-anticipated memoir- Becoming- which is a recount of her life growing and transforming to be who she is today, Michelle Obama has spoken about Kenya.
In her book, she lets the world in on her journey to marriage, motherhood, and transformation from a deeply reluctant public figure into a global icon.
A particular revelation, however, grabs attention as the former First lady of the America discloses her negative experience during her first visit to Kenya; an admission that may help understand why she did not accompany Obama to Kenya on his two last visits.
Illustrating the experience, Michelle says that Barack first brought her to Kenya in 1992, just before their wedding. It was not an experience to behold for her as she was exasperated and ended up being angry at him for making her come to the country.
According to her account, she got irritable because her expectations of making a good connection with the continent owing to her race were tainted. The young Michelle got frustrated right from the airport as Obama’s sister, Auma Obama, came to pick them in a dilapidated car.
“Auma’s sky-blue VW was so old that it often needed to be pushed in order to get the engine into gear. I’d ill-advisedly bought new white sneakers to wear on the trip, and within a day, after all the pushing we did, they’d turned reddish brown, stained with the cinnamon-hued dust of Nairobi,” she writes.
She pinpoints that this was the first time they were learning to have couple fights.
However, it was not all low-spirited for the 21st century most inspirational black woman as she reveals that she enjoyed the company of her would-be in-laws when they later traveled to Siaya to meet Barack’s grandmother Mama Sarah Obama.
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