Thursday, 15 April 2010

All in the name

If Barack really means “blessed”, if Hussein means “descendent of the Prophet” and if Obama is a surname in the Dholuo language spoken by the Luo people of Kenya, based on the verb "bam" meaning "bent", then whenever he has to fill in his surname first we get “Bent Blessed Descendent of the Prophet”. Seems to fit.

The photograph shows grandfather Hussein Onyango Obama. There is some doubt about whether Onyango means “born in the early morning” or “born about mid day”. No matter, the picture seems to confirm he was certainly there well before lunch.