The global responsibility to act sustainably!
Dr. Obama is a German studies specialist, sociologist, journalist and author. She raises her strong voice and inspires people around the world to take responsibility.
Auma Obama was born in Nairobi in 1960 to Barack Obama Senior, a government official, and Kezia Obama, a housewife. She came to worldwide attention when she supported her brother Barack Obama in his 2008 campaign for the office of U.S. President.
Her fascination with German literature helped her win a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service, which enabled her to study German and Sociology in Saarbrücken, Heidelberg and Berlin from 1980. After receiving her doctorate in 1996 in Bayreuth, she worked for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Carl Duisberg Society in adult education. As a freelance journalist, she focused on Africa and the Germans' image of Africa. In 1986, she moved to Great Britain, got married and had a daughter.
Auma Obama's life theme is and remains her social commitment. After several years with an international aid organization in Africa, she founded her own Auma Obama Foundation "Sauti Kuu" in Germany and Kenya in 2010. "Sauti Kuu" comes from the Kiswahili language and means "Strong Voices" in German. The foundation aims to give disadvantaged children and young people a voice, and to awaken and strengthen their potential.
Despite the fact that she now lives in Nairobi again, the connection to Germany was never broken. Therefor, Dr. Auma Obama travels as a keynote speaker and interview partner on the topic of "ecological, economic and social sustainability" through Germany and the whole world.
She inspires with her knowledge, her humor and her uncomplicated interaction with her audience. She talks openly about uncomfortable truths and shakes people awake.