Sarah Obama, Obama's Step-Grandmother, Christian Conversion Target Claim Kenyan Relatives

05/21/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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According to the wire service AFP, Obama's Kenyan step-grandmother is getting some unwanted attention from a Christian church that is trying to convert the Muslim 87-year old:

The Seventh Day Adventist church in the western town of Kisumu had invited 87-year-old Sarah Obama -- a Muslim -- to a function on Saturday, where she was allegedly to be baptised...

"I regret the attempt by the Christian religion to force her to convert," Sheikh Mohamed Khalifa, the organising secretary of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya, told AFP.

"Why only her? Why not before Obama became president? Didn't they see her before he became president? We are ready to protect our religion," he said.

Sarah Obama has been making international headlines since Barack Obama visited his step-grandmother in Kenya while he was a US Senator. Sarah Obama attended her step-grandson's inauguration in Washington, DC this January. In the interview below, Sarah talks about the aspirations she has for Obama days after he was elected President.