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Meet The Kenyan Lawyer Who Offered 50 Cows, 70 Sheep And 30 Goats To Marry Barack Obama’s Daughter, Malia When She Was 16



When Felix Kiprono, a lawyer from Kenya expressed his “love interest” in Barack Obama’s daughter Malia, many argued he was either not serious or he was simply a gold-digger. However, the Kenyan lawyer quickly dismissed those claims. “People might say I am after the family’s money, which is not the case. My love is real,” Felix said in 2015 while hoping to fulfil his ‘dream’ of marrying Malia who was only 16. To probably show how serious he was, Kiprono offered then US President, Obama 50 cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats for his daughter’s hand. In fact, from 2008 that he became interested in Malia during her father’s presidential campaign, Kiprono never considered being with anyone else apart from her..

“I got interested in her in 2008,” he told The Nairobian in 2015. “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.” Felix Kiprono started working on a letter to make his intentions known and planned to give that letter to the local U.S. Embassy. Learning that Obama would be visiting Kenya (his late father’s home country), Kiprono hoped to put the offer of marriage to him during the visit and even drafted a letter asking the president to bring Malia with him. Kiprono indicated that instead of magnificent hotels, he would propose on a popular hill in Bureti, Kenya, where leaders and warriors were usually crowned.

At the wedding, he would also ignore the cliché of popping champagne and rather “surprise” Malia with mursik, the traditional sour milk of the Kalenjin people of Kenya. “As an indication that she is my queen, I will tie sinendet, which is a sacred plant, around her head,” Kiprono said. Regardless of how true his intentions were, the Kenyan lawyer had many obstacles to cross, including the fact that Malia was only 16 at that time, and was not accustomed to the kind of life he was offering. Even so, Kiprono insisted that “Ours will be a simple life. I will teach Malia how to milk a cow, cook ugali (a starchy dish) and prepare mursik (sour milk) like any other Kalenjin woman.”

It is worth pointing out that this was not the first time a Kenyan citizen was offering to marry a presidential child. In 2009 — almost a decade before Kiprono’s offer — a Kenyan shop owner Godwin Kipkemoi Chepkurgor offered Hillary Clinton 40 goats and 20 cows in return for her daughter Chelsea’s hand in marriage. Chepkurgor was already married but got attracted to Chelsea, describing her as a “beautiful, disciplined and well-natured woman.” He told CNN at the time: “Of course, I have never met her, but I like her family and how they stick together. I’ve waited for a long time. I’m still waiting to meet her and express my love.”.

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