Born (in 1958) and raised in Kenya, Abon’go Malik Obama (AMO) is the older half-brother of Barack Obama. He holds a degree in accounting from the University of Nairobi, and as a young man he spent the better part of 14 years working in the United States—mostly as an accountant—for Lockheed, Fannie Mae, and the American Red Cross. During that period, AMO developed a close relationship with Barack Obama—serving as “best man” at the latter’s 1992 wedding to Michelle Robinson (Obama). Barack, in turn, was best man at one of AMO’s numerous marriage ceremonies. A practicing Muslim, AMO, as of May 2013, had twelve wives—two of whom he was accused of beating.
In 2008 AMO established the Barack H. Obama Foundation (BHOF) in memory of his (and President Obama’s) biological father, Barack H. Obama, Sr. (1936-82). The foundation’s stated purpose was to “provide people everywhere with resources to uplift their welfare and living standards.” But from 2008-11, BHOF operated illegally as a nonprofit entity—falsely claiming tax-exempt status for which it had never formally applied. According to Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, this constitutes “common law fraud and potentially even federal mail fraud.”
Apart from his work with BHOF, Abon’go Malik Obama helps to oversee the international investments of the Muslim Brotherhood. He also serves as executive secretary of the Sudan-based Islamic Da’wa Organization (IDO), which:
Also in AMO’s orbit was the late Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi, with whom the Kenyan had a close relationship from the 1980s until Qadhafi’s death in 2011. AMO once interceded on Qadhafi’s behalf during the Libyan Civil War of 2011.
In 2010, AMO was photographed at a public event in Yemen wearing a ‘keffiyeh’—or scarf—bearing two anti-Israel slogans associated with Hamas. They read:
In March 2013, AMO ran for a county gubernatorial seat in western Kenya but was defeated decisively. He captured just 2,792 votes—some 140,000 fewer than the victor.
That same month, AMO told Mail Online about the close relationship he continued to enjoy with his half-brother, Barack, who was “always at the end of a phone line if I want to talk.” “I last saw him on November 19 last year,” Abon’go added, “shortly after the U.S. election. I went to the White House and offered him my congratulations.” In July 2013, AMO similarly told GQ magazine that he and his half-brother spoke to one another on a regular basis. “Of course we’re close!” he said. “I’m the one who brought him here to Kogelo in 1988! I thought it was important for him to come home and see from whence his family came—you know, his roots.”
In July 2016, AMO, who is a U.S. citizen, announced that he planned to vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump rather than Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the upcoming presidential election because he liked Trump and was dissatisfied with his half-brother’s leadership. According to a Reuters news report: “He [AMO] criticized President Obama’s record in the White House, saying he had not done much for the American people and his extended family despite the high expectations that accompanied his election in 2008, both in the United States and Kenya. The two men appear to have drifted apart but were previously close.” “To each his own,” said AMO. “I speak my mind and I’m not going to be put in a box just because my brother is the President of the United States.”