Celebrating East African Writing!
Goethe Institut invites you to a public reading of an autobiography by Dr. Auma Obama
Date: March 31, 2011
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Auma Obama, Barack Obama‘s sister, has written her autobiography.
She has written it in German and the book has just been launched in Germany. Although it is yet to be published in English, this evening will provide the first opportunity to experience the book in English language.
Dr. Auma Obama left Kenya for Germany as a young girl and lived there for the next 16 years. She studied German at the University of Heidelberg, Film Production at the German Film and TV Academy in Berlin and later proceeded for graduate Studies at the University of Bayreuth, which awarded her a PhD in 1996. After Germany, she moved on to live in England, traveling severally to the USA following the rise to fame of her brother, and returned to Kenya in 2007 where she now works and lives.
In her autobiography, Auma Obama retraces this path of a life between different worlds and cultures. She narrates how a consciousness for her African identity developed on this journey. She gives a vivid picture of the history of the Obama family in Kenya and the life of her father Barrack Hussein Obama. And how she has accompanied her brother on his way to becoming the 44th president of the USA.
Dr. Auma Obama will be reading excerpts from the book in German and in English.