For Malia Obama's Hand in Marriage, Kenyan Lawyer Offers 50 Cows, 70 Sheep, 30 Goats

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For Malia Obama's Hand in Marriage, Kenyan Lawyer Offers 50 Cows, 70 Sheep, 30 Goats

File photo of US President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia and Sasha (AFP)


A Kenyan lawyer wants to marry President Barack Obama's older daughter Malia, 16, and has reportedly offered 50 cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats for her.

Sky News reports that Felix Kiprono told Kenya daily The Nairobian that he "got interested" in Malia in 2008. President Obama was then running for office for the first time and Malia was 10.

Mr Kiprono, age unknown, hasn't dated anyone since, and promises to be faithful to her.

He claims that he wants to marry Malia for love, not money. "People might say I am after the family's money, which is not the case. My love is real," he is quoted as saying.

Mr Kiprono reportedly plans to ask POTUS for his daughter's hand when he visits Kenya in July, and is also drafting a letter asking President Obama to bring Malia with him. President Obama's father was of Kenyan origin.

Mr Kiprono says he wants to propose to Malia in the tradition of the Kalenjin tribe - by tying a 'sacred' plant around her head and feeding her "mursik" or sour milk.

"I will propose to her on a popular hill in Bureti near my father's land where leaders and warriors are usually crowned," he told The Nairobian.

He said he would teach Malia "how to milk a cow, cook ugali and prepare mursik like any other Kalenjin woman."


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