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Unread Letters from Barack Obama’s Kenyan Father Have Been Discovered in Harlem

Nearly two dozen letters unearthed three years ago are still waiting to be read by the 44th U.S. president.

Considering Sunday marked Father’s Day, it would have been the perfect occasion for U.S. President Barack Obama to have read through the nearly two dozen letters his Kenyan father, the man to whom he owes his birth name, Barack Hussein Obama Sr., penned from 1958 to 1964.


But as the New York Times reports, Obama has already waited three years to read them. That’s when the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, where the letters are currently stored, first invited the 44th American president to peruse through the stacks of missives that “tell a fascinating, traditional, self-made man’s story,” according to Director of the Schomburg Khalil Gibran Muhammad.

Barack Obama with his father, Barack Obama Sr., in an undated family photo from the 1960s released by Obama’s presidential campaign.
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Obama Sr.’s correspondence, which includes his transcripts from University of Hawaii and Harvard University as well as references, paints a picture of the elusive father-figure that Obama recounts in his first book Dreams from My Father, which helped launch his political career.

“It has been my long cherished ambition to further my studies in America,” writes the 22-year-old from Kenya, who was fluent in Swahili and a proficient typist at 75 wpm, in 1958, as the NYTimes reports.

The uncovered handwritten letters would help the elder Obama receive the scholarship assistance he needed to propel him from Kenya to the United States where he pursued his studies at University of Hawaii, met and married the first U.S. black president’s mother, Ann Dunham, after she became pregnant.

Perhaps the reason why President Obama hasn’t read through the letters is because he hadn’t been “made aware of the collection until recently,” though administration officials have declined to explain why they haven’t responded to the initial discovery or any follow-ups.

Obama will have much to look forward to in his post-presidency, considering a senior White House official says he would be interested in reading through his father's communication at that time. And it sounds like he won’t be disappointed as Muhammad discloses, “there’s a reason to bear witness to the personal legacy that is there.”

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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