Barack Obama is technically Kenyan

Auma Obama at Let's Dance 2021: She met her brother Barack late

Her half-brother Barack is one of the most famous people in the world, Auma Obama himself only met the former US president at the age of 24. Dr. To reduce Obama to her famous brother would not be worthy of her impressive résumé. In 2021, the Germanist, sociologist, journalist and author ventured into an entertainment program. In "Let's Dance" she inspires the audience with her joie de vivre and her strength.

"Normally I wouldn't have the courage to take part in such a competition," said the 60-year-old frankly before the start of the season. "I am a passionate dancer, but I prefer to dance in competition with the children from my 'Sauti Kuu' foundation in Alego / Kenya. It is about celebrating the best dancer and although I have no chance against the children, I dance I like to take part. It's just great fun to be there and that's how I want to do it with 'Let's Dance' - the main thing is that it's fun. " That's a good motto, because after all, the audience should also focus on having fun at the entertainment show. Of course, one has to endure one or the other strict word from Joachim Llambi.

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Auma Obama was born in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, in 1960. Her father is Barack Obama Sr., who left his family at the time to study in the United States. Auma Obama's mother, Kezia, was a housewife. Auma also moved abroad to study: Her fascination for German literature helped her to receive a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service, which enabled her to study German and sociology in Saarbrücken and Heidelberg from 1980. In 1996 she did her doctorate in Bayreuth. At the same time she graduated from the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. During her studies she worked as a consultant for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Carl Duisberg Society in adult education. As a freelance journalist, she mainly dealt with Africa and the Germans' image of Africa. In 1986 she moved to the UK, got married and had a daughter. She now lives in Nairobi again.


When she was 24 and studying in Heidelberg, she received a letter from her younger half-brother Barack, who would later become US President. She then visited Barack in the USA. That was in 1984, almost 35 years later Barack was to become the first black president of the United States. His sister supported him in the 2008 election campaign. About the first meeting with his sister Obama wrote in his book "Dreams from my father": "I felt as if someone had turned my world upside down, as if I had woken up with a blue sun in a yellow sky or as if I was listening Animals speak like humans. "

Auma Obama's life theme is and will remain her social commitment. After several years with an international aid organization in Africa, she founded her own foundation "Sauti Kuu" in Germany and Kenya in 2010. The name comes from the Kiswahili language and means "strong voices" in German.

In 2010, Auma Obama published her autobiography "Life always comes in between: Stations of a journey" exclusively in German and was a frequent guest on German television during this phase, including "Maybrit Illner" (ZDF), Frank Elstner's "Menschen" ( ARD), "Beckmann" (ARD), the "Kölner Treff" (WDR), the "NDR Talkshow" and at the RTL donation marathon. In addition, Auma Obama travels around the world as a keynote speaker on the subject of "ecological, economic and social sustainability" and was awarded the "German Speakers Award" 2015 for her presentations. Dr. Auma Obama has received several awards.

Auma Obama is one of 14 candidates for the 14th season of "Let's Dance", which has been broadcast on RTL since February 26th and in the live stream on TVNOW. Although she lost her grandmother and her mother a little later in the course of the season, Auma did not drop out of the show, but continued to dance. Her zest for life in salsa and in Charleston was particularly impressive. She conjured the latter onto the dance floor just a few days after her mother's death. The 60-year-old has already made it to the quarter liner. Brother Barack is sure to be impressed ...

The other "Let's Dance" candidates at a glance:

  • Jan Hofer (68, long-time "Tagesschau" spokesman)
  • Kai Ebel (55, sports reporter)
  • Valentina Pahde (26, actress)
  • Nicolas Puschmann (29, first "Prince Charming")
  • Mickie Krause (50, pop singer)
  • Senna Gammour (41, singer, entertainer, influencer)
  • Erol Sander (52, actor)
  • Lola Weippert (24, presenter, influencer, model)
  • Rúrik Gíslason (32, professional soccer player)
  • Ilse DeLange (43, musician)
  • Simon Zachenhuber (22, boxer)
  • Kim Riekenberg (26, model)
  • Vanessa Neigert (28, singer)