Malia Obama has a not so secret admirer. The teenage daughter of Barack Obama has a suitor, Kenyan lawyer Felix Kiprono. He has apparently made an offer to marry Malia when Obama visits Kenya in July of this year. Kiprono is offering the Obama family 50 cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats for Malia′s hand in marriage. This is no fickle infatuation, either, as Kiprono has desired her since she was 10 years old in 2008. He told a Nabori newspaper, ″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.″
I have to admit, when I first saw this story on another website, I thought it was a joke. Like something from ′The Onion′! But its all true! Even Yahoo! News posted it on Tuesday. Kiprono has big plans for Malia Obama. He intends to teach her how to milk a cow, cook ugali – a maize porridge, and how to prepare mursik, a traditional sour milk beverage. In fact, he wants to serve mursik at the wedding instead of champagne. Kiprono told the newspaper he believes in ″the simple life″. Answering accusations that he is a ′gold-digger′, Kiprono insists that, ″My love is real.″
Why am I writing about this instead of more weighty topics? Does anyone really care about Rick Santorum running for president? Is it so shocking that Hillary Clinton is talking like a Dixie belle while campaigning in South Carolina? Or that her husband, Bill Clinton, was using a shell corporation, WJC LLC, to funnel cash payments to himself? Or that over 150 arms deals were approved by the State Department under Hillary from countries that made donations to the Clinton Foundation? None of those topics surprise me.
So what do you think about this love match? Does it creep you out that Felix Kiprono, a Kenyan lawyer, has wanted to marry Malia Obama since she was 10 years old? The Prophet Mohammad, blessings and peace be upon him, is said to have married an 8-year old. What do you think about the offer Kiprono made to Barack Obama, of 50 cows and a bunch of other livestock for Malia′s hand in marriage? Is it a fair price? Should Malia feel honored that Kiprono wants to give her the simple life of milking cows and making porridge? How ever this story shakes out, it is good for a laugh, and we certainly need a good chuckle these days!