24 April 2016
Evidence and historical records have shown that Barack Obama’s paternal grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, was one of the many people tortured and imprisoned by the British during the Mau Mau uprisings in Kenya.
Onyango (meaning “born in the early morning”) learned to speak, read and write in English and then served in the British Army in Burma during World War II.He became involved in the Mau Mau independence movement in Kenya that was incited by discontent with British occupation of Kenya. Then in 1949 he was reportedly arrested on charges of membership of a banned political association and sedition.
He was subjected to very cruel forms of torture while in Kamiti prison and was said to have been whipped every day till his release 6 months later. After that, Onyango was scarred for the rest of his life. He had difficulty walking from then on and was too traumatized to speak about his experiences. The experience quite understandably left him very anti-British, a sentiment that has been passed down to his grandson Barack (the current president of the US), who has expressed his disdain for British colonialism also. It goes to show that history has a funny way of catching up with you.