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Kenyan Lawyer Offers President Obama 50 Cows, 70 Sheep and 30 Goats for his Daughter's Hand in Marriage

Felix Kiprono has been “interested” in Malia Obama since 2008

By: Nathan Burley

Published: May 29th, 2015 in Culture » Society » News

Photo: Malia & Barack Obama


In a story first reported by the daily newspaper Nairobian that has since gone viral, a Kenyan lawyer named Felix Kiprono has made a seemingly earnest marriage bid for Malia Obama.

In a proposition that is antiquated in nature, to say the least, Kiprono is prepared to give the President 50 cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats in exchange for Malia’s hand in marriage. That’s a total of 150 presumably healthy farming animals for only one sixteen year-old human woman. It’s really not a bad deal, if perhaps one-thousand years late in history.

In assurance that his intentions are honorable, Kiprono told the Nairobian newspaper, "People might say I am after the family's money, which is not the case. My love is real." He continues, “I got interested in her in 2008. As a matter of fact, I haven’t dated anyone since and promise to be faithful to her. I have shared this with my family and they are willing to help me raise the bride price.”

Interested in Malia’s Kenyan bloodline, Kiprono has detailed his marriage proposal, saying, “If my request is granted, I will not resort to the cliché of popping champagne. Instead, I will surprise her with mursik, the traditional Kalenjin sour milk. As an indication that she is my queen, I will tie sinendet, which is a sacred plant, around her head.” Well way to ruin the surprise!

Though President Obama has previously admitted that Malia is now old enough to start dating, it is doubtful that this is what he had in mind. Additionally, The President has yet to release a response to Kiprono’s offer as he is likely still weighing the pros and cons with his staff.

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