Meet Malik! Obama’s Oldest Brother

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by WTPOTUS, ©2011, blogging at WTPOTUS

(Sep. 19, 2011) — A recent story at WorldNetDaily documented some shady business concerning the eldest brother of Barack Hussein Obama II.  Malik Obama’s charity foundation, which he named after their father, received an unexplained retroactive reprieve by the IRS, no doubt courtesy of his declared half-brother Barack. But before we get into that story, let’s examine some of what we here at WTPOTUS have learned over the years about Abon’go Malik Obama (aka Roy Obama, aka Abdul Malik Hussein Obama, aka Al-Malik Hussein Obama).

O Brother, who art thou?


Malik was born March 15, 1958, to Barack Hussein Obama (BHO Sr., aka Barry Wuod Akumu Nyanjoga Obama) and his first wife Kezia (or Keziah) Aoko “Grace” Nyandega.


Not long afterward, his father departed for the United States, to study at the University of Hawaii Manoa, where he allegedly met and married Stanley Ann Dunham, the purported mother of the current president of the United States. The family told reporters in 2004 that BHO Sr. left for the US in 1959, where he worked for an oil company, studied at the U of Hawaii, and met and married a white woman named Anna Toot.

Malik and his mother, it’s said, remained behind in Kenya. At the time of BHO Sr.’s departure, Kezia was pregnant with their daughter, Auma Marie “Rita” Obama (aka Dr. Rita Obama, aka Auma Saidi), who was born in January 1960. See our O Timeline for details and links to sources. In 1962, on immigration paperwork, BHO Sr. stated that he had only one child, Roy (Malik).

Malik attended elementary school in Alego Kogelo, at what is now the Senator Barack Obama Primary School, renamed in 2006.  About 1967, Malik and his sister Auma moved into the large Woodley Estates home, in Nairobi, where BHO  Sr. lived with his second American wife, Ruth Beatrice Baker Obama Ndesandjo.  Malik and Auma attended private schools.  Malik’s mother Kezia worked as a waitress and lived elsewhere, Alego or perhaps Shauri Moyo in Nairobi. Various other members of the extended Obama family came and went at the relatively posh home–certainly posh compared to conditions in the Obama ancestral village.

Ruth Beatrice Baker

According to the Sally Jacobs biography of Barack Sr. (p. 232), in 1973 Malik was attending the prestigious Lenana high school, a boarding school in Nairobi(formerly known as the Duke of York school).  Malik is not listed by Wikipedia as being among Lenana’s distinguished alumnae.  Jacobs reports that BHO Sr.’s wife Ruth (who reportedly came from a prominent New England family) paid Malik’s tuition.  Jacobs also averred that Ruth was the only real “mummy” that Malik and Auma ever knew.

Malik remained in Kenya at least until 1977, where he was spotted visiting his father at his apartment, after BHO Sr.’s separation from Ruth.

Sometime before his death, allegedly in 1984, David Opiyo Obama Ndesandjo, second son of Ruth and BHO Sr., ran away from home.  It was on the streets that Malik is said to have found David and took him under his wing, becoming his refuge and mentor in the ways of pan-Africanism and possibly Islam.  Before Malik moved to the US, he studied at a “madrasah in Nairobi.”  In his admittedly semi-fictional memoir, Dreams from My Father (p. 265), Barack stated that Malik got a degree in accounting from the University of Nairobi.

Auma Obama

It’s said that David Opiyo died in a motorcycle accident, but the year changes, depending upon the source.  To date we’ve seen no independent confirmation of this event–no news story, no photo of his grave.  Why was he not buried next to his father and grandfather, especially because he embraced his African roots?  In some versions of the story, Ruth’s family blamed Malik for David’s death, because Malik and David had been out on the town together that fateful evening.  Malik was drinking and carousing, and ended up being arrested. David borrowed his motorbike to get home, according to Barack’s book.  Not long afterward, Malik left Kenya for the USA.

Coming to America

By 1985, Malik was in the USA, because Barack, who at the time worked in Chicago as a community organizer, traveled to Washington, DC, to visit him. Malik admitted meeting Barack in the USA, ”for the first time” in 1985.  WND tells us that

A private investigative report … shows that Roy Obama has been identified since 1988 with 22 different rental addresses in the Washington, D.C., area, including addresses in Prince Georges County and Montgomery County, Md.
Malik’s mother, Kezia, says she first met Barack in Kenya, when he visited in 1985. But an African news article stated that Barack first went to Kenya in 1983, “to mourn his late father,” who died the year before.
Did Malik return to the USA with Barack in 1983? Or did they travel together to Kenya to meet the family in 1985?

Why did Malik come to the USA?  What drew him?  Was it the presence of his long “lost” illegal alien Uncle Omar?

Aunt Zeituni

But Malik lived in Maryland, while Omar lived in Massachusetts from the time he arrived around 1963.  Omar (aka Obama Onyango) was in Cambridge in 1971; he was still there in 1987, according to an IRS lien against him for non-payment of taxes.  Aunt Zeituni Onyango came and went, too, but she also lived in Massachusetts.

What exactly did Malik do for a living in Washington, DC, from 1985 until he returned to Kenya? Did he work as an accountant, as one story implied?  Where did he work?

Was Malik sponsored by his brother Barack who, despite official accounts, may have met Malik and the rest of the Kenyan family in Kenya, after the death of their father?  Or was Malik here illegally, too, like Uncle Omar and Aunt Zeituni?

When Barack first traveled to Kenya and met his African relatives is unknown. It all depends upon what source you read!  Again, refer to the O Timeline for details. (See the convenient tab at the top of the blog.)

How old does he look there?  22?  Certainly a very young man.  This in-depth story seems to indicate that Barack did go to Kenya shortly after his father’s death:

Jane Obonyo, Keziah’s sister, was the woman who telephoned the future US president to inform him about his father’s death. … It was Keziah Obama’s daughter, Auma Obama, who picked him up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. She took him to Jane’s residence in Kariokor flats where Keziah Obama also lived. … During this visit the future president also lived with Auma (Keziah’s daughter) at her residence in the plush suburb of Kileleshwa in Nairobi. … Keziah had started living in the Kariokor flats with her sister Jane shortly after the burial of Dr. Obama in 1982. … Her biological son, Abongo Obama travelled to the US. … Abo and Ben Obama, the younger sons of Keziah were teens at the time and … Auma Obama was studying at a German university where she later earned a doctoral degree.

Another story from an African journal flat out states that Barack was in Kenya in 1982 for the funeral.  So it seems that Barack visited Kenya before Malik moved to the USA.  Some speculate that there was a dual purpose to this trip, which hints at the reason for the obfuscation:  In order to keep his Kenyan citizenship, Barack would have had to travel to Kenya to swear an oath of allegiance upon reaching the age of majority.  Only then could he keep his Kenyan passport (if he had one, that is).  Nobody knows (who’s telling) what nation’s passport Barack used on his many overseas trips to Pakistan, Indonesia, Kenya, and Japan, among other destinations.

Public records shed more light on Malik’s life here in America. A private investigator learned that Malik has a Social Security number and that it was issued between 1985 and 1987.  But then, again, so did Aunt Zeituni and Uncle Omar–both illegally in the United States.

In March of 1988, Montgomery General Hospital filed a complaint in the District Court of Montgomery County, Maryland, against defendant Roy A. Obama of 8623 Flower Ave, Takoma Park, MD.

An American Wife?

In July of 1990, Roy Abon Go Obama of 7244 Landover Road #C, Landover, MD 20785,  filed for divorce in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, MD. The respondent/defendant was Mary K. Cole of 5200 Silver Hill Road, Forestville, MD 20747. The case number was CAD90-16597, Obama vs Cole. The divorce was uncontested and granted by Judge Ernest Loveless on October 10, 1990.  Records do not show the date of marriage.

Was Mary  K. Cole a U.S. citizen?  It seems likely, given her surname.  Did they have children?  Not mentioned in the court records that are available online.  This story says that when Barack met Malik, he was married to an “American Peace Corps worker.”  Mary was likely that particular wife, unless Malik was married to more than one American woman at the same time.

Which begs these questions:  Did Malik meet Mary through her work for the Peace Corps?  Did their marriage give him a ticket to the promised land of America?  Did their marriage allow him to become a citizen of the USA, if he is a citizen?

A Name Change

In November of 1991, Malik filed in Prince George’s County, Maryland, to officially change his name from Roy Abon Go Obama (aka Abon Go Malik Obama) to Abon’go Malik Obama. Malik still lived at 7244 Landover Rd, #C, in Landover, MD. On March 7, 1992, Judge Ahalt granted his request. The case number was CAE91-22380.

The next year, Malik served as best man at his half-brother Barack’s wedding, in Chicago, to Michelle Robinson.  They married October 3, 1992, at Trinity United Church of Christ, the congregation of Reverend Jeremiah Wright.  Malik wore traditional African clothing. Which of his wives attended, if any, is unknown.

Another American Wife? In March of 1996, Sheree A. Obama (dob 6/2/59) of 7978 Lakecrest Drive, Greenbelt, MD 20770,  filed for divorce in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, MD. The respondent/defendant was Abongo M Obama of Nyangema [Nyang'oma] Kogelo Primary School, Ngiya Slaya [Siaya, Nyanza] Kenya. The case number was CAD96-04351, Obama vs Obama. The divorce was uncontested and granted by Judge Martin on July 11, 1997.

Sheree is also listed on public records as Sheree Wood Obama.  Exactly when they married and whether they had any children is not mentioned in the available court records.  It seems likely that Sheree was also a U.S. citizen, going by her name.  Malik stated that Barack was best man at one of his marriages.  Which marriage  and where the wedding took place is unknown at this time–Malik has had many wives on more than one continent.  Although unemployed, Sheree appears to have generously donated $500 and then later another $250 to her former half-brother-in-law’s election campaign in 2008.

In 2003, Malik married a young woman who, when they first met in 2000, was still in Muslim secondary school in Kisumu.  Her name is Hafsa Abwanda; she is now about 33 years old. On video, Hafsa tells how she didn’t like her role as a “co-wife”, how Malik had more wives than the four Islam allows, and how she “escaped” the marriage after five years because Malik beat Hafsa (and his other wives). Hafsa shows a photo of Malik with several women and children, and she names the wives. Malik denied to the TV reporter that he had more than the allowed number of wives, but the caption beneath the video says,

NTV has reliably learnt the teenager could be the twelfth woman to live with Malik as husband and wife.

Malik has joked that he won’t discuss how many wives he has. Malik and Hafsa had a son before she fled the marriage.  Below is the photo of Malik, some of his wives, and some of his children, as identified by Hafsa on the video.

In August of 2004, Malik was in Kenya, living with an African wife named Fauziah Anyango.   Malik remained a “frequent visitor to the USA,” but the report does not explain how his frequent trips were financed. In October of 2004, he ran an electronics shop and occasionally worked as a “consultant” in Washington DC.

A video on You Tube that was posted during the campaign of 2008 features Malik.  He talks about his worry that too many people in Kenya are cashing in on Barack’s new-found fame.  Malik wanted to “pursue it,” leaving the impression that Malik was worried about the commercialization of his brother’s name only because whatever these Kenyan entrepreneurs made was cash not flowing into Malik’s pockets.  Or, to be charitable, into his charity’s pockets. Several reporters appeared to agree:

But the foundation seems to be capitalizing on the Obama name. A California-based company is selling T-shirts with the president’s image and the phrase “Yes We Cannabis.” It promises half of the proceeds will go to the Barack H. Obama Foundation.

What a wonderful example to set for the youth of the world!

On the video, Malik stressed that he wanted to set the record straight: He’s Barack’s brother, not his uncle, an error that he said was too frequently made in media reports. Malik had an interesting take on Barack’s election, stating,

My brother rules now.

Which foundation were they talking about?  That would be Malik’s charitable foundation.

Alton Baysden

In 2008, the Barack H. Obama Foundation, a supposed tax-exempt charity, was founded in the home of Alton Raymond Baysden, who formerly worked for the US State Department and later for the UN in Haiti.

Last May, Baysden admitted to reporters that they had not registered as a charity before soliciting for and collecting donations, which for ordinary people would constitute fraud. Ordinary people being anyone not related to Barack Obama. As with other instances of questionable issues involving members of the extended Obama family, the White House had no comment.  More about Baysden here.

Investor’s Business Daily carried an editorial in January of 2008 that expressed some concern over Malik’s influence on soon-to-be President Barack Obama:

The candidate [Barack Obama] already has heeded his church’s “nonnegotiable commitment to Africa,” spending an inordinate amount of his campaign time on the Kenyan crisis, for one. Obama has close family ties to Kenya, and even founded a school in his ancestral village — the Senator Obama School.

In the bloody conflict there, which already has claimed some 700 lives, Obama appears to have sided with opposition leader Raila Odinga, head of the same Luo tribe to which Obama’s late Muslim father belonged. [Raila claims to be Barack's cousin.]

Obama’s older brother still lives there. Abongo “Roy” Obama is a Luo activist and a militant Muslim who argues that the black man must “liberate himself from the poisoning influences of European culture.” He urges his younger brother to embrace his African heritage.

Beyond family politics, these ties have potential foreign policy, even national security, implications.

Odinga is a Marxist who reportedly has made a pact with a hard-line Islamic group in Kenya to establish Shariah courts throughout the country. He has also vowed to ban booze and pork and impose Muslim dress codes on women — moves favored by Obama’s brother.

In 2009, visitors arrived in Kogelo:

A group of Missouri State college students who visited the Obama family village … and who met the president’s half-brother [Malik],  felt something was amiss. They sensed he was an “operator” and decided to give their donation of 400 pounds of medical supplies directly to a local clinic.

“We didn’t know what he was going to do with them,” said Ken Rutherford, a former Missouri State professor who led the trip and who shared in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for his work to ban landmines.

Rutherford said the Obamas’ relatives are the only Muslims in a village of 4,000 Christians and that Malik has a private mosque on his property.

In January of  2009, Malik was spotted aboard a plane departing from DC, headed for Doha, Qatar.  At that time, Malik said he owned a company called RockStone of Afrika Siaya Electricals. A search on that name turned up a rather unimpressive blog.  Malik took a pilgrimage to Mecca around the same time, and started a family feud with step-grandmother Sarah Ogwel Onyango:

Malik Obama the President Obama’s step brother allegedly tried to assault Mama Sarah Obama and other family members  forcing … police intervention … after … brief fist skirmishes.

The discontent in the Obama family came to the surface recently emerging from a long standing dispute between Mama Sara Obama and her step grand son Malik Obama aged 50 who recently returned from a pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Malik who is a step grand son according to Sara put his own homestead on Mama Sara Obama’s parcel of land. He left the homestead secretly in the absence of Mama Sara who had traveled to Karachuonyo to see other members of the family. It is mama Sara who had the land title deed registered in her own name and … tradition … and virtue required Malik to [seek] her permission first before constructing any structures.

But Mama Sara says Malik … who is the first child of the late Barrack Obama Snr and his first wife Kezia… forcefully constructed his own home,and fenced it off and is alleged and rumoured to have sought for cash donations from some Arab Moslem countries to enable him construct a Mosque on the same land without Sarah Obama’s permission.

Upon his return Malik is said to have … started the foundation of the proposed mosque without Mama Sara’s permission. But she … was only prevailed upon not to take legal action against Malik by the immediate members of the family during BARRACK Obama Jnr Presidential campaign in the US since the publicity could have impacted to it negatively. But she said plans are underway of evicting Malik out of the land in the near future.

Malik and others of the extended Obama family were invited to the White House for the Inauguration.

Malik on the far left.  On the far right, Joseph Ndesandjo, son of Ruth Obama Ndesandjo and her second husband.  Second from right, Mark Ndesandjo, half-brother of Barack on their father’s side and half-brother of Joseph Ndesandjo on their mother’s side.

In February, 2010,  Al-Riyadh reported that “Al-Malik Hussein Obama, the brother of U.S. President Barack Obama, participated in a Khartoum conference of the trustees of the Organization of Islamic Da’wa.”

The following June, a rift developed between factions of the Obama family in Alego Kogelo, centered around the construction of the Obama cultural center.  Allegations were that Sarah Obama was fostering questionable ties with Libya and “Islamic Arabian states” and that Dr. Rita Auma Obama’s “real brother” Malik Obama had “established many Arabian contacts in his dealings and investments.”  The situation threatened to embarrass the Obama administration, causing then US Ambassador to Kenya, Michael  E. Ranneberger, to intervene.  It seemed to boil down to a power struggle between Sarah Obama and Malik Abongo Obama over who was the true spokesperson and decision-maker for the Obama family.  Hard to say who won that battle.

The following October, Malik made news again, when it was reported that he had married for the “third time.”  This time the bride was a 19-year-old named Sheila Anyango, 30 years younger than he.  Sheila’s mother, Mary Aoko Ouma, was not amused that Sheila had dropped out of school to marry Malik.  Mary wished never again to see her daughter, because she married against her wishes, without her permission, and also set a bad example for her siblings.  Malik denied that he did not have Mary’s permission.

In December 2010, Malik was featured in the Saudi Gazette:

Speaking to Okaz/Saudi Gazette, Abdul Malik Obama said the family is a perfect example of this mindset [of tolerance] because the US president has embraced Christianity while the rest of the family are Muslims and are leading Da’wa work, the religious call, in Africa.

Abdul Malik Hussein Obama is spending most of his time in serving about 10 million Kenyan Muslims
, who represent 35 percent of the country’s population, through Islamic centers and charitable societies he supervises.

He is also working as the executive secretary of the Islamic Da’wa Organization in Kenya.

Despite the circumstances of his work, he has been in contact with his brother, President Obama, and maintains a private office in the USA, where he manages his private business, along with three offices in Kenya.

Dr. Ali Al-Malki, adviser, religious caller and member of the Reconciliation Committee, said he met Abdul Malik Obama earlier this year in Sana’a, Yemen, during the deliberations of a forum to help orphans.

Al-Malki said he has coordinated with Abdul Malik Obama to visit Kenya and learn about the work of the charitable and Islamic societies there and the cooperation among them.

Dr. Ali Al-Malki (or Maliki) is a member of something called the “Reconciliation Committee”, which appears to be a Saudi NGO (Islamic/Shariah law) that helps resolve religious disputes and criminal cases.

These days, Malik lives in Kenya next to step-grandmother Sarah, serving as the self-appointed “president” of the village of Nyangoma-Kogelo, helping to keep reporters away from Sarah, who appears to be almost under house arrest because nobody can visit her without permission from the “district commissioner”, who won’t give permission on orders, it appears, from the Kenyan government.

Which brings us back to the WND story about the special treatment Malik’s foundation received from our federal government:

This week, the IRS confirmed to WND that the Barack H. Obama Foundation received a determination letter in June, awarding the group tax-exempt 501(c)3 status, retroactively to 2008. …

The concern of the National Legal and Policy Center was that the foundation may have violated federal and/or state postal and tax laws by soliciting via the Internet and U.S. mail tax-deductible contributions without having made required filings and without having received necessary IRS tax-exempt determinations.

The Form 990 listed Samuel Andika Obiero of Arlington, Va., and Andrew Mboya of Hackensack, N.J., as directors, in addition to Abongo Malik Obama.

The Form 990 … did not list Baysden as a director.

We have not yet tracked down the identities of the other two directors of Malik’s Foundation:  Andrew Mboya and Samuel Andika Obiero.  But we’ve learned through experience not to believe in coincidences when analyzing the Obama family connections.  BHO Sr. was a friend of Tom Mboya. Was, in fact, a witness to his assassination in Kenya.  BHO Sr. was also a friend of a postal worker by the name of Adede Abiero (a variant of the Luo name Obiero).  Abiero was killed when BHO Sr., driving drunk, crashed his Fiat into another car. Abiero was in the passenger seat.

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Sally Jacobs reports in her book (p. 6) that Malik intends to write the “definitive biography of his father.”  No surprise at all!  There’s hardly an Obama or an Obama relative who hasn’t written a book or, as is the preferred method, a semi-factual “memoir” with composite characters and fictitious timelines.  Likely most of them have ghostwriters.  Barack Obama, Mark Ndesandjo, Auma Obama, George Obama, Michelle Obama, Maya Soetoro-Ng.  Now Malik.

From the “you can’t make this up category”, a June 2011 video, from a gathering in Washington DC, features a speech by Malik Obama about “character education.”    Malik’s speech was long, slow, full of platitudes, and lacking much of substance.  Although he’s a devout Muslim, Malik said he finds the goals of The Peaceful Solution Character Education Program to be in line with his own beliefs.  Certainly Malik has one thing in common with the founder of that organization, Yisrayl Hawkins:  Many wives.

Yisrayl is alleged to have 30, so Malik has some catching up to do.

In his speech, Malik stressed what he considers to be major problems facing today’s world:  lack of self-control, selfishness, self-centeredness, fear, and poor leadership.

Dare we hope that Malik has changed?

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