Kezia Obama, Obama's Stepmother, Travels To DC, Launches Bingo Game (PHOTOS)
Barack Obama's extended and largely international family is gathering in Washington to celebrate his inauguration. Kezia Obama, a 67-year-old native of Kenyan who was married to Barack Obama Sr., is among them, traveling from her home in Bracknell, England to Washington, DC Thursday. Scroll down for slideshow.
According to The Daily Telegraph, she also has business interests in Washington:
Mrs Obama has also launched an online bingo game called Mrs Obama's Online Bingo in honour of her step-son Barack's inauguration.
She is helping launch the online Gala bingo game to raise £1 million for Sue Ryder Care, which helps people in the UK suffering from Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's and Multiple Sclerosis.
She is launching Mrs Obama's Online Bingo as the US President-Elect prepares for his inauguration in Washington, DC, on Tuesday 20.
The Daily Mail profiled Kezia last year, and she recounted her first meeting with Barack in 1985 in Kenya, and her relationship with Barack's mother Ann Dunham.
"Barack Jr was really happy to meet us. He was really eager to see the family home and to see where his father was buried. He was quiet and was always reading history books.
"Now, still, he can be quiet but he has a good sense of humour and is good with people. He treats everybody the same, whether it is the cleaner or the managing director. He has the common touch.
"I'm very proud that he wants to include us in his life. As a family, we are very friendly, very close.
"The family are still very important to him. That would make Barack Sr very happy.
"We have seen each other many times since that first visit, in the US, in Kenya and in England. I was very fond of Barack Jr's mother, Ann.
"She came to Kenya after Barack Snr died and she and I became great friends. She was like a sister to me."
See photos and video of Barack Obama's step-grandmother, Sarah Obama, who has also traveled to DC.