Letters from Obama Snr reveal details of life as a student in US

Barack Obama Senior (seated centre) and a Kenyan colleague, Williamson Gor Obadha (checked coat) with school mates at the University of Hawaii Honolulu. PHOTO| FILE

What you need to know:

  • The letters span the period when the elder Obama fathered a son in Hawaii who would go on to become president of the United States.
  • In the writings newly made public, Obama Snr comes across as an ambitious, brilliant but impoverished young man.

Several letters written by and about Barack Obama Snr between 1958 and 1964 reveal details about his efforts to study in the United States and his experiences while attending the University of Hawaii and Harvard.

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