Family Matters

Obama Bros Meet in China

A friendly face was waiting for President Obama in China, that of his half-brother, Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo, who moved to the Shenzhen province seven years ago. Ndesandjo is younger than Obama, shares a father with him, and first met Obama during the presidential inauguration last January. This time around, the meeting overwhelmed Ndesandjo. He said that Obama "just gave me a big hug. And it was so intense. I'm still over the moon on it. I am over the moon. And my wife...I think she is still recovering." Ndesandjo is educated and civic-minded like his brother. Born in America but raised in Kenya, Ndesandjo graduated from Brown University with two undergraduate degrees and holds a masters' in physics from Stanford. He also performs charitable work teaching piano to Chinese orphans, and recently released a novel, Nairobi To Shenzhen, that draws on his painful childhood.