Barack Obama’s grandmother, Mama Sarah Obama was on Tuesday conferred an Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear.
She was presented with the award at State House by President Uhuru Kenyatta for her dedicated work for charity.
Mama Sarah founded The Mama Sarah Obama Foundation, a charitable organization that aims to improve the education and welfare of disadvantaged children. It does so through partnership and links with local, national and international partners.
So far, the foundation has achieved this by helping orphans and poor families by feeding and educating their children.
It has also constructed Early Childhood Development Centres and rehabilitated primary and secondary schools. Medical and vocational centers have been established in addition to the Mama Sarah Scholarship Fund.
Barack Obama’s grandmother was not the only recipient of an award at the event conducted by Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua.
Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu and James Ogutu were also honored.
Mwilu was awarded the Moran of the Order of the Golden Heart for distinguished service rendered to the nation.
She has been an advocate of the High Court for over 32 years after graduating from Nairobi University with a Bachelor of Law degree.
Before being appointed Deputy Chief Justice, Mwilu served in the Commercial Division in Nairobi and later the High Court in Eldoret.
She was later transferred back to Nairobi where she served at the Criminal Division and subsequently headed the Environment and Land Division of the High Court.
James Ogutu was awarded the Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya.
Ogutu, who holds a Diploma in Advanced Youth and Development from the University of Guyana, rose through the ranks at the Ministry of Culture and Social Services.
He was instrumental in the recording and transcription of traditional music of Kenyan tribes. Ogutu was also in charge of the Development and Management of Youth Polytechnics. He also headed the youth department at the Kenya Red Cross Society in 1983.
After leaving civil service, Ogutu ventured into business, starting a company called Otieno International Limited. It specializes in military ornaments, medals, and ceremonial items and has so far created employment for many youths.
Uhuru commended all the recipients for their commitment and dedication to serving the country. He went on to wish them success in their various endeavors.